Lillian Vallely School
As a part of our ongoing relationship with the school, the NCPC has contributed to enhancing their cultural enrichment program by providing funds for a Native American flute teacher, and has helped them with their annual Children’s Day festivities....

NCPC Supports Lillian Vallely School

NCPC Gift

The NCPC has awarded Lillian Vallely School, a private school that encourages Native traditions and culture to it's Native students, a gift of $300.00. This gift is to be used purchasing traditional craft supplies for the children.

About the Lillian Vallely School Project

The Lillian Vallely School, is an independent fully-accredited Christian elementary school for Indian children from kindergarten through fifth grade. It was begun at the request of a group of elders on the Fort Hall Reservation in eastern Idaho. These elders, mostly grandmothers led by a wonderful Shoshone woman, an Episcopal Deacon named Lillian Vallely, were concerned about their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all the children on the Reservation. During many coffee hours at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the reservation, these elders dreamed of a special school where their grandchildren and great grandchildren might be given the tools to do better scholastically by having their own culture honored and academic excellence expected of them.

Flute Playing at Lillian Vallely SchoolAs a part of our ongoing relationship with the school, the NCPC has contributed to enhancing their cultural enrichment program by providing funds for a Native American flute teacher, and has helped them with their annual Children’s Day festivities. The NCPC has also donated funds for them to buy a DVD player, and sent Native American and cultural books and videos suggested by the teachers for their library.

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About the School

From the beginning, the school has had small classes with lots of individual attention. Two highly qualified, nurturing teachers with Idaho Teaching Credentials teach the academic subjects. In addition, students are taught the Shoshone language, Indian dance, music, and crafts. A well-qualified and experienced Shoshone Indian woman teaches the culture. Students have opportunities to present dance performances off the Reservation, so that they can experience a wider world and gain self-confidence. They have performed at the College of Southern Idaho and in Denver for a large convention.

The school also teaches the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition, another request of the elders. They write: "We believe that if they are grounded in the faith, know their native heritage and can feel proud of who they are, they will do better in all subjects. We want them to be comfortable in both their native culture and in the culture of the majority, to excel academically and to have the skills to attend any college or university in America if they wish."

Lillian Valley School says "Thank you NCPC!"

Dear NCPC,

Lillian DancerYou generously gave us $200.00 this last fall of 2006 which we used to help offset expenses for our Royalty Pow-Wow. It was a gift that was acknowledged and appreciated by not only the school but also the families of the children. We had a traditional dinner with stew and fry bread, danced our hearts out and then selected our Brave and Princess along with their attendants.

This year we are really building our Native American Flute program and have a wonderful instructor, Hovia Edwards. A recording and performing star in her own right, she has done a wonderful job in motivating the students and they receive private lessons a couple of times a month at the school. Our Shoshone Language teacher, Miss Angeleta, has all of the students, even the youngest ones, learning the art of beading. Some of the gifts the children made for their family members were as beautiful as I've ever seen. It is a rewarding experience to sit in on their lessons and listen to them struggling to speak in the native language but not giving up. In a few weeks we will be taking our dancing to a 100 year musical celebration celebrating the history and traditions of American music.

We are busy and it is rewarding. Our students are learning and happy. We thank you for the help you have given us in the past and are prayerful that you keep us in mind in the future. We would love for you to come and visit the school. It will just make your day!

Thank you
Sincerely,
Candace Vroman
Head of School

Lillian Valley School says "Thank you again NCPC!"

September 12, 2007

Dear Mr. Hall,

Thank you for your gift of $300.00 for the Lillian Vallely School's participation in the Indian Day Parade and food and supplies for the school Pow Wow. We are grateful for this help from the NCPC for the school's culture program.

The school is off to a good start. My husband, Bishop John Thornton, and I were there on Monday, observing classes, admiring the progress of the new landscaping efforts and visiting with the children and staff. It is always a delight to be there.

We are pleased with the progress the children are making. On their standardized tests last January, no one was "below grade level" in reading. Two kindergarten children were "near grade level". Everyone else was "at grade level".

The students had a wonderful time in March in Burley where, at the invitation of the Smithsonian, they opened the traveling exhibit on the History of Music. When the next group was late, our children covered for them by continuing to dance for the audience. The school staff and the children's families were all very proud of them.

Thank you again for your generous gift.

Sincerely,
Jan Thornton
Director for Financial Development