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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visits Wyoming school

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Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration, visited St. Stephens Indian School on Tuesday.

DeVos toured several classrooms at the school and addressed students in the gymnasium, reports COUNTY 10.

Frank No Runner, St. Stephens Superintendent, said: “The visit went excellent.”

DeVos arrived in the morning and joined No Runner on a visit to classrooms throughout the school. DeVos visited the second-graders and participated in a math lesson.

The Secretary also visited the Kindergarten classroom and Home Economics Room where students were making Native American Regalia.

Leslie Shakespeare of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council and Roy Brown of the Northern Arapahoe Business Council both delivered speeches before DeVos addressed the students.

”I know you caught a lot of flack during your confirmation hearing. Grizzly Bears and Guns in Schools. We have a little protest out there with a Panda Bear,” Shakespeare said during his speech. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to vindicate your comments about a Grizzly Bear coming to the school to attack us or anything, but I do know we have other predators that affect education in our schools. Those are mainly political predators.”

“I know some of my cohorts on the business council, they were on the fence about coming to welcome you,” Shakespeare continued. “They don’t share some of your views and your policies. I respect that you’re here and I respect your position. I respect that, of all the places in Wyoming, this is the one place you chose to come. This is our home and we’re proud of it.”

Following a performance of the “Flag Song” by the St. Stephens High School Drum Group, DeVos approached the podium and addressed the students.

“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to visit this school today, St. Stephens Indian School. I enjoy this part of my job best,” she said. “Kids, I just want to talk to you for a moment and say how thrilled I am that you have such a wonderful community here to come to grow and learn and I just want to challenge all of you to make the most of your opportunities here. We’ve been talking about rethinking school, and I’ll bet, if asked, all of you would have some ideas of how you think school could be even more interesting and more engaging for you as you continue to grow and learn. So, I hope that you’re a part of that conversation, you have great teachers, parents, and community members that are very dedicated to your futures, and I hope that together you will continue to make St. Stephens even better every single year.”

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