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Manit Day: Marshallese community celebrates youth achievements amid cultural traditions

Nina CulverMay 23, 2019

The Marshallese community in Spokane County celebrated the scholastic and athletic achievements of middle school and high school students who can trace their origins to the Marshall Islands.

The celebration was called Manit (culture) Day and was hosted at Rogers High School on Saturday. This is the third year of the program, said Spokane Public Schools Gear Up liaison Ryan Douse. Douse works with low-income students in the district and was working at Shaw Middle School when Manit Day came into being.

“We were looking to connect with the Marshallese community,” he said.

A large and growing number of people have come to Spokane from the Marshall Islands, which is considered a United States associated state. An advisory committee was formed and they talked about their desire to recognize the academic achievements of their students. A community member suggested the idea of a Manit Day celebration. The first one was held at Shaw Middle School before it moved to Rogers High School last year.

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