Gladstone students learn values, respect through 'Indian Education Program'

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GLADSTONE, Mich. (WLUC) - More than 30 students filed into the cafeteria of the James T. Jones Elementary School in Gladstone on Monday.

The goal is to teach them about respect and virtues through Native American culture. Gladstone's 'Indian Education Program' runs twice a month through March, and is free of cost.

Students are provided a snack and given an activity. On Monday, students made bracelets out of beads that are traditional Native colors.

Organizers say it's like meditation for the kids, and it's a great way to teach them how to be a Brave.

"Even though it's an Indian Education Program, we include all children, and that's our teaching, is we're all one," says volunteer Duane Kinnart.

Kinnart has been involved with the program for nearly 30 years.

"It's nice to work with all the children. There's non-natives here as well," Kinnart says.

There are four workshops left for the year.

Parents of Jones Elementary students who want to get their children involved should sign their students up in the main office.

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