By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

'Strengthen Your Spirit' program combines physical fitness and cultural values


September 21, 2022

Exuberant shouts resounded in the Evergreen Elementary gym last Thursday night as a group of nine young runners, between the third and fifth grades, bounded into the room for another session of I Toowú Klatseen, a running program for youth that combines athletic activity with Tlingit language learning and cultural education.

The group settled into a circle to learn about the Tlingit subsistence lifestyle, healthy foods and the importance of having respect for the plants and animals we eat. Kim Wickman, a program volunteer, instructed the students to avoid waste by harvesting only what they...

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