CHS hosted the annual Founders Day for 3rd and 4th graders of Blue Ridge and Summit Charter schools. This year’s theme was “The Cherokee,” and all of the activities reflected the life and culture of the Cherokee people. Activities included Cherokee stories told by Davy Arch, Native American flute music led by Joyce Pearsall, a nature walk focusing on animal tracks led by Dr. Gary Wein of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, and a tour of the Zachary House and Tolbert dependency where the children were told the story of Elvira Zachary and her family’s knowledge of the Cherokee language. They also enjoyed a musical performance in the Cherokee language by the 3rd graders from Kituwah Academy of Cherokee, NC. These students joined the Cashiers students activities and also participated in the crafts which included making rain sticks, stick dice, and animal tracks booklets. In addition, students became acquainted with the Seven Clans of the Cherokee people and the strengths and importance to the Cherokee culture of each of these clans. The final activity of the day was a performance by Eddie Swimmer. All of the children gathered together to enjoy his dances and stories, and several children were chosen to participate in the musical program. The Founders Day chairman this year was Sandi Rogers, and over thirty volunteers from the community and CHS helped to create an unforgettable experience for the children.
This year’s Founders Day will be on Thursday, September 24th.