Seventy-five eager fourth-graders fidgeted around the edges of a circle in the grass of their soccer field, as Chico Francisco of the Muskeegee American Indian tribe performed a traditional warriors dance. Alex Schaner explained to the students that Francisco never stepped backwards because they never retreat and never surrender.
The fourth grade classes at Springfield Elementary camped out at the school Friday as a conclusion to their lessons on Native American culture.
Teacher Lauren Locklair said they wanted students to see what it’s like to sleep outside, and with help from one of the SES teacher’s husband, the Creeks came out to teach students about traditional dances and customs.
Teachers also had a telescope set up to teach their students about astrology. They ate hot dogs, chips and made s’mores. Locklair said that the students were excited about seeing their friends and teachers outside of school and about each of the centers planned for the night. A number of parents volunteered to help chaperone as well.