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PECS alumni bring Native American heritage to Moore Haven Middle-High School

Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School alumni, from left, Ashlynn Collins, CeCe Thomas, Eric Puente and Summer Gopher show various aspects of Seminole culture at Moore Haven Middle-High School on Nov. 12. (Courtesy photo)

Tribal students at Moore Haven Middle-High School, who are all alumni of Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Brighton, brought displays of Seminole culture to the school Nov. 12 to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

Ashlynn Collins, CeCe Thomas, Summer Gopher, Eric Puente and Jaytron Baker showed off an abundance of Seminole
arts and crafts including patchwork clothing, traditional dolls and beadwork. Fry bread was cooked over an open flame and even an alligator was there for students to see up close.

Every grade level in the school came out to see the Seminole display.

A fry bread cooking demonstration was part of the presentation of Seminole culture. (Courtesy photo)
Jaytron Baker and Ashlynn Collins hold an alligator that was part of the Seminole display. (Courtesy photo)
Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at