FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2019
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Head Start Programs Compete in Mvskoke Language Bowl
OKMULGEE, Okla. – On Friday, April 26, several of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Head Start Programs brought teams of students to compete in the Head Start Language Bowl in Okmulgee, Okla.
The MCN Head Start Program partnered with the Mvskoke Language Program staff to coordinate the competition, which tested the Muscogee (Creek) students’ knowledge of the Mvskoke language.
Three years ago, the Mvskoke Language Program began sending Language Instructors to the Head Start Programs to teach basic Muscogee (Creek) words and phrases to the three to five-year old students.
This year’s Language Bowl had multiple teams participating from the Eufaula, Tulsa, Wetumka, Okmulgee, Checotah and Okemah Head Start Programs.
The 1st place winner in the Language Bowl was Tulsa Team #1 from the Tulsa Head Start, followed by the 2nd place winning team from the Okemah Head Start.
MCN Head Start Program Family Service Worker Marcus Jeffrey said the Language Bowl is a positive experience for the students.
“This is good for the Nation and it’s a good opportunity for Creek children to learn their culture,” Jeffrey said. “It’s an event where the children can actually learn the Creek language and teach their children one day. So it’s a good learning tool and atmosphere for them and for their parents, as well.”