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Tribes’ Christmas card features Richey’s drawing

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VALLEY VIEW — “I was really surprised I won,” Jarrett Richey said. “I was thinking that the sixth grade student would win cause she’s older.

Richey, an exuberant fourth-grader from Valley View School, drew a tepee, a campfire, trees, the horizon, skins drying and an eagle flying over the tepee. 

Richey’s drawing was just one of the scenes submitted for consideration by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). One drawing would be chosen for the CSKT Christmas card, and Richey’s sketch was selected. 

Richey said he likes to draw, though the tranquil scene depicted on the Christmas card is not his first choice in subjects. Actually, it’s far from it.

“I do history, Thompson machine guns, pirates, ships … weaponry,” Richey said, describing his favorite things to draw.

Richey obviously enjoys art, and he also likes school.

“Sometimes I like writing,” Richey said, “I like reading — adventure stories, fantasy.”

Right now Richey is reading “The Mayflower Compact,” which also shows his interest in history. 

When he’s not in school, Richey said, “I like to build Lego things.”

Legos are not Richey’s only building materials, though. Quickly tracing a two-by-four-foot rectangle in the air with his hands, Richey added, “I made my own box.”

Richey credited his Grandma Betty Towes with teaching him to build this box using lumber, nails and a hammer.

Building requires not only wood and hardware but also measuring skills and math to calculate how much wood to buy or scavenge.

Recess is important for a kid, too, so Richey headed off for a few more minutes of math before running and jumping on the school playground.

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