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NaaTsis’Aan, or Navajo Mountain Community School students, had an adventurous and successful trip to California this past June. The students visited the San Diego Zoo, toured the USS Midway Museum, and spent the day at LEGOLAND Theme Park. This was the first time most students traveled so far from their remote village, nestled in the heart of Utah’s canyon country on the Navajo Nation. Traveling out of state allowed the students to see new cultures and scenery. While this can be intimidating, they embraced the newness, as children do, with joy and excitement.

Navajo Santa’s Education Initiative program provided funding to support a portion of the field trip expenses through a George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation grant. The Education Initiative program strives to enhance students’ educational and life experiences through field trips and extracurricular activities—with the ultimate goal of motivating students to stay in school and graduate.

Navajo Santa recognizes that organizing such a trip takes time and resources. We congratulate the NaaTsis’Aan Community School faculty and volunteers for their efforts.

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