Connecting with the Speyer Home

Donors send Box Tops for Education to help St. Joseph’s purchase needed equipment for the Lakota children.
The Speyer home boys sort the box tops together in an effort to earn to earn items for their home.

After a long day of meetings, I wanted to spend time connecting to the Lakota students, so I joined Speyer Home (6th- 8th grade boys) for supper. They talked about their break activities, from playing tackle football in the snow to helping cook some of the holiday meals to babysitting younger siblings.

As a group, these boys hang around the table longer than most of the other homes, which I enjoy and appreciate. There’s a nice banter going back and forth. Jim, the houseparent, tried out a desert with the texture of ice cream but none of the sugar. These growing boys are hungry and can indeed put away the food, but they are trying to become more conscious of better nutrition. While it wasn’t as luscious as a rich bowl of ice cream, it was tasty and satisfying, and all the bowls were empty. They politely thanked the cook for his efforts.

After supper, the boys gathered around the dining room tables to help sort Box Tops for Education for a half hour. Many of St. Joseph’s donors send in Box Tops for Education, and we get 10 cents for each one we turn in to General Mills.

It is a bit of work cutting and sorting the small squares of paper. The high school kids refer to the labels that are already trimmed as “gravy,” because they can go fast with those.

The Speyer boys and I sorted the box tops into piles by expiration dates. Some run into 2016, so we don’t have to rush to turn those in, but some have already expired. I found the oldest one in the pile, which expired in 2005.

It seems like a small thing, but all those dimes add up and help us to purchase good equipment for the school and homes. The boys decided to save the Campbell’s soup labels for another time, and headed out for recreation before reading time.

The Speyer home boys sort the box tops together in an effort to earn to earn items for their home.

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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