Embracing Native Heritage

Our daughter attends Lee Elementary and finished our the 4th grade. She will be going back in the fall to start 5th grade. Her name is Courtney. I’ve attached a few pictures for you to share and a letter from Courtney.

I know that we’ve seen a positive change in our daughter. She has become more open and very confident in herself. I’m proud on her accomplishment and thankful that the scholarship assisted on helping towards the program.

Her father and other brother were her running buddies. When I saw her pass the finish line, I was in tears for her. Just to see her smile and finish, gave me so much joy.

We are from New Mexico, but Kansas has been our home for the past 8 years. We plan to stay here for good because of programs like the Girls on the Run. So many positive opportunities for our kids and that’s what we love about Manhattan. Before she ran, I put her hair up in a Tsiyeel (Navajo Bun). I said it shows where she is from and allows her to represent the Navajo Tribe.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing program. I hope Courtney is able to enroll again this fall or next spring.

Shantel and Hersh Harrison (Courtney’s Parents)

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Harrison Family