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Students at Defer showcase Native American culture in celebration

Published: November 30, 2012 2:34 PM


Streetsboro — Henry Defer Intermediate School celebrated Thanksgiving with their annual “Native American Celebration.” 

The event took place Nov. 20 and included several displays to depict Native American tradition.

“This is an event for fourth-grade students. We have seven fourth-grade classes,” said teacher Linda Valenti.

“The students performed a musical piece with their music teacher and made an art piece with their art teacher,” said Valenti. “They also did at home projects which were displayed at the celebration.”

The music pieces included songs and dances, according to Valenti. The students also made necklaces with charms on them to represent things about their lives.

Each class did something special for the event. 

“One class made crafts and another made games for the event,” said Valenti. “Another class even did sign language.”

Approximately 75 to 100 parents showed up, said Valenti.

According to fourth-grade teacher Kathy Betley, each teacher works hard preparing for the annual event, which has been going on for years.

“We all work on it. It’s a group effort.”

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