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Hiawatha Elementary Celebration on February 24

February 8, 2012


Minneapolis, MN – Hiawatha Elementary School will host a community celebration honoring three community elders at the Hiawatha Elementary School gymnasium on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. The Elder Wisdom, Children’s Song™ community celebration is brought to you by Community Celebration of Place (501-C-3) in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools and the West Metro Education Program (WMEP).

Larry Long, Executive Director of Community Celebration of Place and creator of Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, has been working with 3rd and 4th grade students at Hiawatha Elementary School to collectively write songs and gather recitations that honor the life stories of the following community elders:

  • Oscar Reed – Former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota mentoring youth in public schools.
  • Nelda Goodman – Grew up on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. Works at a battered women’s shelter in Minneapolis. Mentors First Nation women and girls. Grandmother. Jingle dress maker.
  • Jamie Williams – Born in Minneapolis and went to Minneapolis Public Schools. She now is a Justice Practice / Measure Consultant, Trainer, Teacher and Circle Keeper. She works for Amicus Radius Program and as an independent consultant to schools and community organizations.

Contact Information:
Larry Long, Executive Director
Principal Deb Regnier
Community Celebration of Place
Hiawatha Elementary School
3357 – 36th Ave S
4201 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 668-4610


I had the most awesome musical experience of my life—when I heard the fourth grade children at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion school sing “Your Song” honoring our Elders! One of the elders was my son John. WHAT A SONG!

Thank You, Jack Tschida

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