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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11.~ Darrel Jury Special to Feather Publishing The Plumas Audubon Society is hosting a meeting in which Danny Manning, assistant fire chief for the Greenville Rancheria, will give a presentation on the use of traditional ecological knowledge for forest management at the Quincy library Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Manning will discuss how Maidu people traditionally used fire to manage forests and how they are currently working to re-establish fire in forest ecosystems. He will also talk about ways he and his crew use forest resources for traditional food, medicine and materials. The event is free and open to the public. Manning is working with diverse partners to restore forest health throughout the Mountain Maidu homeland. By partnering with a number of federal, local and nongovernmental conservation organizations, Manning has played an important role in reducing wildfire potential, improving forest resilience and restoring traditional Maidu practices, such as understory burning. As the Maidu have done for hundreds of generations, Manning collects resources from the forest for food, medicine, and the raw materials for constructing useful products. He emphasizes, "We need to make things from nature. Doing so leads to knowledge and respect for resources." Before his son was born, Manning built a cradleboard from branches of a variety of trees and shrubs. In order for the materials to be ideal for the particular item he is making, the forest needs to be tended in a specific way. Plumas Audubon Society is involved in conservation, education, research and monitoring throughout the Feather River region. Plumas Audubon strongly supports the perpetuation of traditional Maidu ways and has partnered with Toyota TogetherGreen in an effort to restore habitat with traditional ecology. Plumas Charter School students River Arsenault, Ella Sweeney, Photos by Joanne Burgueno Paul Vaughn Plumas Charter Volunteer School Parent Every Thursday night before bed Plumas Charter School second-grader Aiden Vaughn pumps his fist, exclaiming, "Yes! Tomorrow is rotations!" Rotations on Friday are formally known as Plumas Charter School's enrichment programs. Kindergartners through eighth-grade students begin each Friday in their regular homerooms, spending time on traditional subjects such as language arts and math. Enrichment program classes begin two hours into the day and continue beyond official dismissal time until 4:30 p.m. Students rotate between instructors and rooms, enjoying offerings such as music, art, physical education, drama, violin, dance, library and technology. Taletha Washburn, executive director of Plumas Charter School, sees the programs as "amazing additions to our site-based offerings that provide for an enriching and diverse educational experience." Enrichment programs classes are taught by a variety of educators, including Stephenie McMorrow and Eliza Hardy who offer music, drama and dance; and violin instructor Johny McDonald. For kindergarten and f'n-st-grade teacher Kara Torrence-Burkhead, are onstage for string practice. From left: Abra Deocampo, Lillian Davis, Lilah Washburn and guide Kathryn McNeill. Kindergarten and first-grade students from Kara Torrence-Burkhead's class hop through a physical education class. Enrichment Fridays "build tangible connections for students to academic studies. Students are given time to explore concepts through movement, music, artistic expression and kinesthetic activity." _ McMorrow and Hardy have designed the drama program with just these connections in mind. McMorrow sees the program as "... away to extend core academic standards into other modes of learning." They are currently teaming up with second- and third-grade teacher Karen Oglesby to develop a dramatic interpretation of an African folktale linked to an academic unit exploring African culture and history. The two enrichment instructors are also putting students to the task of a Broadway review for a spring performance Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m., excerpting music from "The Sound of Music," "Peter Pan," "The Wizard of Oz," "Annie" and "Oliver!" Parents view the enrichment program as a way for children to develop their creative capacities beyond the nuts and bolts of traditional academic offerings. "We couldn't be happier with the enrichment programs," says parent Joanne Burgueno. "The classes offer a way for our children to explore their creative and physical selves." Burgueno/sdaughter Ella ...... Sweeney takes violin lessons and "really enjoys playing and loves learning all the songs." For the parents of Aiden Vaughn, and brother Reilly Vaughn, who isa kindergarten student at Plumas Charter School, any school day that begins with a joyful fist pump is proof positive that the enrichment programs are a success. Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency Urgently Needs Homes in Plumas County Whether for a day, or for a lifetime, foster parents can make a huge difference in a child's life. We need You! Call us today at 1-800-655-8350 or stop by 455 West Main Street for more information. OCA# 320316073 Residential Care for Children ENVIRONMENTAL ALTERNATIVES Quincy 455 W. Main St. 530-283-3330 Tailoring, Mending, Hemming, Patches Competitive Pricing! Open Monday thru Thursday, 9am-4pm 102 Main St., Quincy I Our Roots Run Deep in Plumas County! Family Owned & Operated Since 1946 We are a full service florist & nursery. 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