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Spotlight on Literacy Program at Squaw Creek Refuge
Midwest Region, May 7, 2009
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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge partnered with the Mound City Library and Mound City Elementary School during the fall 2008 and spring 2009 in the Spotlight on Literacy Program.  The goals of this program were to strengthen the Mound City community, educate elemetary students and encourage students to spend time outdoors and learn about habitat, wildlife and cultures.  This was another opportunity to save children from nature-deficit disorder.

The program was developed by Mound City Librarian and Refuge supporter Cindy Grant.  She was able to secure a grant for the program that ran for 6 weeks in the fall and 6 weeks in the spring.  Children from 3rd to 6th grade were bused after school every Thursday from Mound City to the Refuge.  The fall program was taught by Temporary Biological Technician Amanda Griffin and revolved around ecology and the environment.  In the spring, the emphasis was on Native American culture.  Native Americans representing the Kiowa, Sac & Fox, Ioway and Cherokee Tribes taught children about culture, music, artifacts, beadwork, native dress and pottery making.

Both spring and fall programs utilized the George L. Scheil Outdoor Classroom and/or the refuge auditorium.  A total of 269 kids and 20 adults were present during the fall and 185 kids and 20 adults in the spring.  Coperators included the Mound City School, Mound City Kiwanis Club, Mound City Library and Friends of Squaw Creek.

Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov
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