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By Dan Rudy 

Local kids given a 'Head Start'; program graduates 11 students


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The 2015 Head Start graduating class perform the Macarena for friends and relatives at the Nolan Center Tuesday evening, before being presented with certificates and enjoying a festive meal. In keeping with the Cinco de Mayo spirit, the kids learned Spanish lyrics and donned ponchos and sombreros for the event.

This year's Head Start class graduated another set of students on Tuesday, the latest batch since Wrangell's program began in 1985.

The program finished with 19 students this year. Five days a week, they spent mornings preparing for grade school from September until May.

"We have 11 graduating, and the rest are coming back to Head Start," explained Sandy Churchill, Wrangell's program director. Federally funded through Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA), the program is made possible by four staffers and volunteers from the community.

The graduation and awards cer...

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