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Eastern students make wampum beads

December 14, 2006

Eastern Elementary School C-SAFE Homework Club students made wampum beaded necklaces in a craft lesson provided by Ron Lytle and volunteer artists from the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. and local art students.

The Wampanoag Indians used the wampum as symbols of power and authority. The beads were given monetary value and used to trade and barter with. After making the necklaces, the students calculated how much they were worth.

The C-SAFE Homework Club is comprised of a total of 25 students in third, fourth and fifth grades.

The site coordinator at Eastern Elementary School is Misti Winders, school counselor. The art instructor is Diane Hamilton.

Three E. Russell Hicks Middle School students served as aides.

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