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INSEASONminseasonNoboundariesmanoominikeSeeleyWis.NearthelowrapidswheretheNamekagonRiverspillsoutofPacwawongLakeLacCourteOreillesLCOSchoolsetupmanoomincampunderacanopyofmaturepines.NowinitssecondseasonthegatheringisaremarkablethrowbacktowhenOjibwekidsroutinelybypassedtheclassroomjoiningfamiliesandfriendsduringpeakdaysontheseasonalharvestcycle.Whenitstimeforricingcamporsugarbushyougoanddoit.ThatsthemostimportantthinghappeningthatswhatyoudosaidJasonBisonetteOjibweCultureCoordinatorforLCOSchool.Whatweredoinghereisdemonstratingthatcurriculumandculturalidentitycanbeintegrated.ScienceengineeringandtraditionalOjibweknowledgearetogethernotcompartmentalized.OnthisstunninglateSeptemberdayaround75studentsaccompaniedschoolteachersandsupportstafftoharvestandprocesswildricearesourceprofoundlyimportanttoOjibwepeople.ConsideredagiftfromtheCreatormanoomininhabitsacentralroleintheAnishinaabeMigrationstorytheaquaticgrainmoreoverprovidedcenturiesofnutritionalsustenancetonativepeopleduringharshnorthernwinters.Manooministhereasonwerehere.ItsoneoftheoriginalfoodsthathasallowedOjibwepeopletoflourishBisonettesaid.Thetriumphofclearingoutanentireschooltogathermanoo-minwasmadebetterbyanefforttolift-upafellowstudentwhohadnevercanoedletaloneknockedwildrice.WithguidancefromLCOinstructorsandsomecreativeengineeringagroupofupperclassmenfiguredouthowtogetschoolmateArthurFlemingsafelyinacanoeandharvestingwildricemanoominikefortheveryfirsttime.ItsimportantthateverychildatLCOSchoolspre-Kthroughgrade12hastheopportunitytogoricingsaidBisonette.Bornwithspinabifidanearly13yearsagoFleminggrewuparoundwildricelakesbutlimitedmobilitykepthimoffthewater.EnterLCOteacherTammyMoncelsProjectLeadtheWayclass.ProjectLeadtheWayisaSTEM-basedsciencetechnologyengineeringmathcurriculumdesignedtoencouragelearningandcommunityengagementamongK-12students.MoncelandBisonettechallengedtheclasstodesignandconstructaplatformthatwouldallowFlemingtoharvestmanoominrightalongwiththeentireLCOSchool.SomeofourbestideascamefromsomeofthecraziestplacessaidLCOseniorBillyJackParent.Therewasalotofbrainstorming.Weconsideredeverythingrightupuntilthelastday.Burstingfallcolorandmid-daysunshinebathedtheLCOcampSeptember22.EarlyreportsfromstudentricersaffirmedthatPacwawongmanoominwasripefall-ingintocanoeswithgentleencouragementfromcedarknockers.FlemingandhismotherMaureenQuagonwatchedastheyoungmenofProjectLeadtheWayfittedacustomwoodenbracketintoa17-footcanoefromFlemingswheelchairtheyunboltedandremovedtherubbercastors.Justaboutreadytolaunch.OnthecountofthreestudentsandteachershoistedFlemingandthewheel-lesschairintothecanoefixturelockingtheapparatusinplace.IthinktheseboysareprettyspecialsaidaheartenedMaureenQuagon.Theyhavesuchtalent.FleminggrinnedasvolunteerscarriedthefiberglasscanoetothewatersedgewherehejoinedhisadultricingpartnersBisonetteandBudmanMorrow.UnderwatchfulescortfromotherboatersincludingtheLCOstudentengineersandGLIFWCOfficerBradKacizakthe7th-graderscanoecrossedastretchofopenwaterthendisappearedintoadensesweepoftawnymanoominplants.BisonettesencouragingwordsandthesoftdrumofwildricesticksfloatedabovethemanoominstandmixingwiththenearbyvoicesofLCOstudents.Flemingandhisclassmateswerefullyengagedharvestingwildrice.Backonshoreatcampstudentsspreadouttheirharvestonabluetarpoccasion-allythrowinghandfulsintoasteeldrumparchingthericeoverawoodfire.ItsimportantforusasaschoolcommunitytodothisBisonettesaid.Wereallinthistogetherandweallhavearoletoplay.ByCharlieOttoRasmussenStaffwriterInacanoepoweredbyBudmanMorrowfrontandJasonBisonetteLCOSchool7thgraderArthurFlemingjoinedhisclassmatesonPacwawongLakeinnorthernWisconsin.CORStudentsandLCOteacherscarryagrinningArthurFlemingdowntothePacwawongLakeshorelineSeptember22.AgroupofstudentsinTammyMoncelsProjectLeadtheWayclassengineeredacustomseatallowingFlemingtorideinacanoeandharvestwildricefortheveryrsttime.CORLCOSchool9th-graderAnthonyCongertakesaturnparchingwildrice.CORCurriculumandculturalidentitycanbeintegrated.ScienceengineeringandtraditionalOjibweknowledgearetogethernotcompartmentalized.JasonBisonetteLCOSchoolAttentionTribalRicersWanttobelistedasaretailoutletforfinishedmanoominGLIFWCwouldbehappytoaddyourcontactinformationinourwildricebrochure.Contactusat715-685-2150ore-mailpioglifwc.orgwithyourinformation.PAGE13MAZINAIGAN