|September 19, 2013
Tribal Health Youth Fair and Fun Day helps kids get ready for school
By B.L. Azure
Several folks turned out for the Dixon Agency Youth Fair and Fun Day recently where the youngsters participated in games, received school backpacks and chowed down on burgers and hot dogs. (B.L. Azure photo)
DIXON AGENCY — The old Dixon Agency isn’t what it used to be when it was the center of the Flathead Nation government and bureaucracy. It is now a shell of what it once was however, it remains home to many families. And many of those families, especially those with young school-aged children, descended upon the agency park and playground to participate in the Tribal Health and Human Services’ Youth Health and Wellness Program’s Youth Fair and Fun Day.
Katrina, Drake and Natasha DeFrance were among many young school students who received school backpacks and supplies at the Dixon Agency Youth Fair and Fun Day. (B.L. Azure photo)
More than 30 folks, mostly young ones, attended the event where they received information related to youth and family services provided by the Lake County Public Health Department and several tribal programs.
Pearl Yellowman Caye, Youth Health and Wellness Program manager, said the program has held youth and family orientated events in every Flathead Indian Reservation town this summer, sans Hot Springs, which won’t be left off the to-do list next summer.
Young school children go through the lines to add school supplies to their backpacks at the Dixon Agency. (B.L. Azure photo)
There was a smattering of activities to do but the main attraction was the issuing of backpacks and school supplies for the young students at the event. Yellowman Caye said many of the children’s wouldn’t have a lot of extra funds to splurge on the new school year needs consequently her program provided the basics according to grade needs. That would allow families to spend a bit more on clothes or whatever else might be needed for the new school year.
Everybody got a prize at the fishing game at the Dixon Agency Youth Fair and Fun Day. (B.L. Azure photo)
The Fitness Centers staff conducted bicycle safety, the barbecue and a bit of hooping it up, as well as cleaning up at the end of the day.
“This was a good day,” Yellowman Caye said. And it was. The youngsters left with a full backpack of school supplies, all kinds of other gifts and a full stomach. Yes, that does add up to a good day.