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Fifty Whitehorse High School honor roll students, grades 7-12, made a memorable field trip to Arches National Park this past month. The field trip was a reward to the highest performing students for their academic achievements this past year. Most students had never visited the park before.

Navajo Santa’s Education Initiative program provided funding for the field trip through a George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation grant. The Education Initiative program strives to enhance student’s educational experience through field trips and extracurricular activities—with the ultimate goal of motivating students to stay in school and graduate. The high school dropout rate for Indigenous Americans is near twice the rate for the rest of the country. Our education programs strive to make an impact in lowering the dropout rate on the Navajo Nation.

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