Dog days of summer

After a morning at the desk and computer, I spent the afternoon walking around campus. The heat wave has let up for a few days, and it felt good to be out and about and see what staff members have been up to. When I’m on foot I always find out about projects that don’t make it into reports.

The Rec Center fixed up space in the activity room and now has an exercise station with 3 different computer activity systems – Connect, Wi Fi and Play Station. Like most young people, our students get immersed in gaming. We want to channel that interest in activities that help students both educationally and physically instead of allowing them to become couch potatoes. Watching some of the home computer activities last year, I know these games will be well used and prompt some healthy movement, jumping and dancing and building hand-eye coordination, all while also having some fun.

At the school, the Residential Coordinators were lined up in front of two long tables filled with pages and pages of paperwork. They were putting together packets to be handed out to houseparents and teachers for next week’s orientation. These include student handbooks, forms, guidelines, schedules and lists everyone will need.  We try to do as much as we can via computer, but there are some things that you just need in a file at your fingertips.

Tipi Press was producing stacks of the brochures that we will send out over the year: Planned Giving’s charitable gift annuity program, powwow materials, book marks and newsletters.

In the dog days of summer, before school actually starts, the incoming mail to Donor Services is lighter than other times of the year. Right now, we are actually able to respond to all the letters that come in the same day. But the staff is busy updating people’s files, weeding out duplicate addresses and cleaning out the nooks and crannies around the office. They found some Chuck E Cheese gift certificates tucked away in the recesses of the safe, so we’ll have to figure out which home gets dibs on those (although the closest such restaurant is 135 miles away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and will have to wait for a home trip).

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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