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The weather might have quickly turned south with rain and hail in Fort Defiance, but it didn’t deter crowds from going out to the End of School Year Bash at the Jud Avey Memorial Field House.

Hosted by the Division of Social Services, Office of the President and Vice President, Window Rock Unified School District, and numerous other Navajo Nation departments, visitors joined tribal staff for games, music, entertainment, and giveaways both in the field house and on the football field.

Some events were understandably postponed due to the sudden change in the weather around noon. But guests are advised to stay tuned to their respective news outlets for more gatherings in the future.


Schools across the Navajo Nation have been on their summer breaks since the end of May, but an event like this brought our community out to enjoy time together as well as to reinforce key lessons on mental wellbeing.

As stated in the flyers for this event, there was an emphasis from the department booths on display to educate guests on anti-bullying, teen dating violence, healthy relationships, self-care, coping with stress and pressure, as well as living a healthy lifestyle.

There is physical wellbeing, which can be bolstered by maintaining a healthy diet like the free lunch provided to guests and regular exercise like the Fun Run/Walk that took guests around the football field. Mental wellbeing includes maintaining healthy relationships with others as well as oneself, demonstrated by the various team activities and games on display. Then emotional wellbeing is crucial for dealing with the challenges that everyone faces and how it will help each person to grow. There are numerous resources that anyone can access to help them with any of these obstacles, many of which were also shared by department booths.

The Department of Diné Education was excited to partake in this event for our students and community, even if the weather cut it short. Stay tuned for future events throughout the rest of the summer weeks ahead!

Cody M. Begaye
Senior Public Information Officer
Department of Diné Education Admin