Boys thrive with school’s hands-on learning


Navajo Times | Ravonelle Yazzie

Idístiin (stirring sticks) made by students at DEAP school.

A group of young men and boys were outside of the Dzil Ditl’ooí School of Empowerment, Action and Perseverance helping keep the fire going for the school’s Navajo New Year celebration last Thursday.

Some of them had been at the school since before the sun rose to help build the fire for the Navajo cake they would be baking later that day.

“We had to start a fire this morning at 5,” Jamal Mitchell said. “I just wanted to help.”

Mitchell likes going to the DEAP school because it gives him the opportunity for hands-on learning.

“It’s pretty fun,” he said. “You can actually learn stuff outside and we don’t have to always stay inside and do work.”

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Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah