The power of encouragement

St. Joseph’s Indian School recently had its first ever Encouragement Day!  Staff members gave me names of adults at St. Joseph’s that may need some encouragement.  St. Joseph’s teachers then chose from that list of people to have the Lakota students make them cards.  Teachers explained that encouragement can take place at any time.  Students or adults then delivered the cards or put them in the mail.

The Lakota children practice encouraging one another at St. Joseph’s Indian School.
Sometimes a little encouragement is all you need!

Encouraging others has been my own personal goal the last couple of years.  I enjoy sending cards or delivering goodies without signing my name.  We had the student’s sign their names this time, but we also talked about doing nice things just because we want people to talk about how nice we are.  Sometimes, anonymous goes a long way!

Some of our cards went to people whose troubles we knew about: cancer, illness, death of family member, depression, etc. But many were just a name.  Teachers talked to their students about the idea that sometimes it’s nice just to be told to have a nice day or someone is thinking of you.

I also told my class that a smile goes a long, long way in making people feel good.

My goal is to encourage them to look around and be aware of people that need compassion.  We don’t always need to know what is going on in their lives; we just need to know that we can show them kindness!

I am hoping that this can be an annual event at our school.  I also hope that teachers show their students how to encourage others on a daily basis.  What a better world it would be if we all encouraged instead of discouraged each other!

I Thess. 5:11 says “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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