TANF Back to School 2013

By Roy Cook

Tribal Assistance Native Family Site manager, Lynne Ray Smith opened the July 27 Tribal TANF Back to School activity promptly at 10am. The event was held at the Alpine Community Center. He introduced Randy Edmonds for the traditional blessing.

Next he called on the Wildcat singers with Jon Meza Cuero, Ben Nance and Roy Cook. They brought the local Kumeyaay language and song to the parents, children, TANF staff involvement in activity.

The main message of the event is the presentation on bullying. A series of actors vignettes demonstrating the: power, empathy and value of humor. There was a warm reception to the presentation from the children and the parents questions added to message.

Lynne Ray Smith then called on Roy Cook and Ben Nance for a singing interlude of Plains Veteran songs. It was coincidental but significant that there was a tribute for Lt. John Finn, WW II Medal Of Honor recipient at the same Alpine community center.

The day continued with a nutritional opportunity. The true highlight is the student award recognition and the back to school supplies and closing ceremony. We appreciated the invitation and the time to be with friends and Indian people. Mehan.