Pipeline Project was featured in The Talking Raven, a Quileute Newsletter, for students’ service in the Quileute Tribal School classrooms! Special thanks to Mariah, Laura, Amy, and Shruti, for their work in La Push!
Here’s what the article read:
Through the University of Washington’s (UW) Pipeline Project, the school offers an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) to their students. As part of the project, UW undergraduates are sent to rural and tribal communities in Washington State to teach environmental science or literacy arts. Each year, several UW Pipeline students stay in La Push during their own spring break to facilitate environmental science lessons in Quileute Tribal School classrooms. This year’s group visited the Quileute Tribe from March 24th through 29th.
The UW students who participated in the 2013 Pipeline Project were: Mariah, Laura, Amy, and Shruti. It was Mariah’s second time teaching at La Push; Laura has done Alternative Spring Break three times, having previously taught at Brewster,WA; and for Amy and Shruti, La Push was their first Alternative Spring Break experience.
Although their inclass instruction lasts only one week, it takes the Pipeline students an entire quarter to prepare their curriculum. This year’s theme was Pacific Northwest, and the subjects they taught were: volcanoes, ocean zones, worms, and water sheds. As a first time Pipeline Project student, Shruti said the most challenging part was not knowing what to expect, and trying to figure out what the kids would like. Amy shared, “I was nervous to teach. We started off with 8th graders, and I worried about what they would enjoy.” Mariah mentioned the difficulty of planning the curriculum in Seattle, when they are so far removed from the reservation, and Laura added, “We definitely had to adjust to the different grade levels.” To wrap up the week, the Pipeline students hosted Jeopardy games with all their classes, which focused on the material they had taught that week. They also handed out “Young Scientist” certificates to recognize the Tribal School students and their eagerness to participate in the week’s lessons.
To help pay for the UW undergrads’ lodging at the Oceanside Resort, Tribal School Paraeducator Keith Penn donated a full-size paddle, which he carved and painted. QTS Secretary Stephanie Doebbler organized a silent auction, “Battle for the Paddle,” that lasted one week and raised $540.00. The Pipeline students expressed their gratitude to the community for this fundraiser.
Laura shared, “It’s been a really fun week… everyone is kind and willing to talk to us and answer all our questions.” During the week, the four undergrads participated in the community’s weekly Drum Circle; they enjoyed getting to know everyone, and the experience of Quileute culture greatly contributed to their trip. Amy said she will cherish the friendships they built with the tribal school children. “It’ll be hard to leave,” she stated.
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