Local schools create Valentines for veterans
Cherokee Nation citizen Meda Nix helps students in her fifth grade class at the Cherokee Immersion Charter School get stickers for Valentine cards for veterans. Nix, a Marine Corps veteran, said this is the third year her class has made Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Jenna Dunn, 11, works on her Valentine’s Day card in Meda Nix’s 5th grade class at the Cherokee Immersion Charter School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dunn’s card, along with others, will go to local military veterans. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Students at the Cherokee Immersion Charter and Grand View schools spent time in late January and early February making Valentine’s Day cards for veterans to show support and appreciation for their military service.
Meda Nix, a fifth grade teacher at the immersion school and a Marine Corps veteran, said this is the third year she and her students have made cards for veterans. She said she wants her students to learn what being a veteran means.
“I want these students to understand what a vet is, what this person has done for them and their country. I want them to realize that these individuals gave for them to be here today,” Nix said. “I don’t think often our kids really…fully understand what it means to be a vet or what the word vet means. I’m a vet and they know that, and we’ve talked about it on occasion but I know at this young age, I know they probably don’t fully understand yet. Today I want them to understand that there are vets, men and women that will receive these Valentines. They’re vets that are in hospitals, that are in care facilities and sometimes they just do not have anyone. So these Valentines that they’re making, it will be given to these vets.”
Isaiah Walema, 11, a fifth grader at the charter school, said his card had a flag and smiling heart.
“The heart has eyes and a smile, and it’s got Care Bears on it,” he said. “It’s for how…hard they work for serving our country.”
Nix said it’s important to teacher her students about giving back.
“I enjoy this. I want these students to know what it is to give back,” she said.
Charles Edwin Bray, a World War II Army veteran, visited Grand View School to pick up Valentines so he could take them to the Jack C. Montgomery Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Muskogee.
He said he never receives Valentine’ s Day cards so it’s an “honor” to help the school out.
He said his main goal is to help children read because he didn’t learn how to read when he was a child, so he hopes making these cards is helping them do so.
“My main deal is to get kids to read. This other stuff is OK, but my main object is to get kids to read. If this helps them read, fine. That’s what was wrong with me ‘til I started college,” he said.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ Grand View ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎦᎵ ᏥᏕᎧᎸᎢ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ Valentine’s ᎢᎪᎯ ᏗᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏅᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏅᏁᎲᎢ ᎨᏥᏚᏍᏓᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᎵᎮᎵᎬᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ.
Meda Nix Z, ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᏗᎨᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ Marine Corps ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏦᎢᏃ ᏱᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏕᎨᏲᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏃᏢᏅᎢ ᏗᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏅᏁᏗ. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢᏃ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏕᎨᏲᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏲᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ.
“ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏲᏍᎩ, ᎯᎠ ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏂᏚᏛᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎯᎢᎾ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎳ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩ ᎪᎯᏴᎢ ᏥᎩ ᏣᏁᎭ.” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Nix. ᏳᏓᎵᎭᏃ ᏂᎨᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᏕᎦᏓᏘᎿᎥᎢ ᎥᏝ ᎢᏙᏳᎢ … ᎧᎵᏬᎯ ᏯᏃᎵᎪᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏲᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᏲᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎦᏛᎬᎢ. ᎠᎩᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏂᏔ, ᎠᎴ ᏳᏓᎵᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᏃᎮᏝ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏆᏂᏔ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏓᎨᎢ ᏥᎩ, ᎠᏆᏂᏙᎢ ᎥᏝ Ꮩ ᎠᏏ ᎧᎵᎢ ᏯᏃᎵᎪᎢ. ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ, ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏛᏂᏁᏏᏒᎢ ᎯᎠ Valentines. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ ᎠᏂᏝᎠ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎨᎦᎦᏎᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏳᏓᎵᎭ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎩᎶᎢ ᏄᏂᎧᎲᎾ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ Valentines ᏥᏓᏃᏢᏍᎦ, ᏙᏛᏂᏅᏁᎵ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ.”
Isaiah Walema, 11, ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᏗᎧᏂᏙᎯ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎡᏙᎯ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏤᎵᎢ ᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎦᏓᏗᏃ ᏓᏟᎶᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏤᏣᏍᏗ ᎤᎿᏫ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎿᏫ ᏓᎧᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏤᏣᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᏂᏙᎤᏍᏗ ᏲᎾ ᏓᏟᎶᏍᏛᎢ ᎥᎿ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏧᏣ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ …ᎾᏍᏓᏴᎢ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.”
Nix Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᏙᏳᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᏳᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏪᏲᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏓᏁᏗᎢ.
“ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏒᎢ ᎯᎠ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏂᏔ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᎠᏓᏁᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Charles Edwin Bray Ꮓ, ᎾᏍᎩ II ᎪᏪᎵ ᏓᎿᏫ ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ, ᏚᏩᏛᎯᏙᎸᎢ Grand View ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏁᏏᏢᎢ Valentines ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏫᏛᏗ ᎥᎿ Jack C. Montgomery Veteran Affairs Medical Center ᎥᎿ ᎫᏐᎢ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᏝ ᎢᎸᎯᏳᎢ ᏱᏚᏁᏐᎢ Valentine’s ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ “ᎦᎸᏉᏗᏳᎢ” ᎠᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎸᏗᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏩᏌ ᏳᏕᎶᏆᎡᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᏗᎢ ᎠᏲᏟ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ, ᎤᏚᎩᏃ ᎤᏩᏐᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏓᏃᏢᏍᎦ ᏗᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏂᏍᏕᎳ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎢᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗᎢ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ ᏥᎩ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎣᏏᏊ ᎢᎩ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᎨᏗᎢ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᏳᏂᏍᎵᎠ, ᎣᏍᏓ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏓᏆᏓᎴᏤᎲᎢ ᎠᏯ ‘ᎩᎳ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎯ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
– Translated by David Crawler