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Native American Heritage Comes Alive at Ruskin

As part of their study of the Turn of the Century, fifth graders at Ruskin Elementary were treated to a special presentation by Mrs. Robin Griffin and Mrs. Thurza Murray. The Social Studies standard the fifth graders were studying incorporated Native American reservations. As it turns out, both Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Murray come from a Native American background and both work at Ruskin in the cafeteria.  

During the presentation, students were able to view and learn about personal Native American artifacts and clothing that the ladies so graciously shared. Not only did this experience make learning about history more fun, it also made the knowledge very relevant for students as they received insight into the heritage of two of their own Ruskin “family” members. Principal Donna Solomon was very grateful for the wonderful learning opportunity these ladies afforded students at Ruskin through their willingness to share of themselves.

In the first photo, Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Murray talk with students about their artifacts. In the second photo, Lexy, Synia, Cammie, Marysa Xander, and Bella look on as Mrs. Murray shares many of her Native American artifacts.



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