Summer event celebrates programs for kids

Farmington Daily Times
Neveah Johnson gets sprayed with water Monday during a summer kick off event, Summer Celebration, hosted by the Shiprock Office of Diné Youth.

The Office of Diné Youth in Shiprock held a kickoff event for its summer programming on Monday. Attendees were treated to activities, music and food, and they collected information from booths. During summer break, the program will operate services for youth from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday. The program will have lunch service as part of the summer meal program under the Central Consolidated School District. Wetona Becenti, program supervisor for ODY, said the kickoff provided families the opportunity to visit the facility and learn about programs and memberships. Up to 200 people, including tribal President Russell Begaye, attended the event, she said.

Children play on the inflatable jump houses Monday during the  Summer Celebration event hosted by the Shiprock Office of Diné Youth.
Children play in a bounce house Monday during the Summer Celebration event hosted by the Shiprock Office of Diné Youth.
Jeremiah Yesslith takes aim at the dunk tank's target Monday during a summer kick off event, Summer Celebration, hosted by the Shiprock Office of Diné Youth.
Valarie Castillo, top, Makah Russell, middle left, Gaberiel Russell, Devan Lizer and Christian Yazzie cool off in the dunk tank Monday during a summer kick off event, Summer Celebration, hosted by the Shiprock Office of Diné Youth.