Nay Ah Shing Middle School Students Go To Purdue University
VINELAND — Eight students from Nay Ah Shing School, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, are leaving on a two-week learning adventure to GERI (Gifted Education Resource Institute) Summer Camp at Purdue University in Indiana. The students will be accompanied by Gregg Rutter, Gifted and Talented education coordinator, and Mary Simon, Nay Ah Shing principal.
The students were all awarded full scholarships to attend the program.
Funding is through the HOPE+ grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to provide educational opportunity to gifted, creative, and talented Native
American students. HOPE+ stands for “Having Opportunities Promotes Excellence”.
Students leave from Nay Ah Shing school on Saturday and fly into Indianapolis, where they will be driven to West Lafayette, Ind., about 75 miles northwest of the airport. They will experience life on a university campus, live on campus in residence halls, eat campus meals, attend classes during the day, and social activities at night. Students from around the world attend the summer camp and a highlight of the trip will be the
“Global Gala” on July 11 when students share something that represents their culture. Ojibwe students from both Mille Lacs and Red Lake will join other Native American students from across the country, as well as students from as far away as Greece, Korea, and China.
The Nay Ah Shing group returns to Minnesota on July 13.