Thursday, May 6, 2010
Letters have gotten stacked up over these past weeks. I answer what I can and then feel more behind with the day’s new batch.
But, today I wrote cards to the college students we’ve been helping with scholarship monies who graduate this year.
Two students finished degrees in Native American Studies, which is so needed to pass on the culture and values. One woman is finishing her degree as an industrial engineer and will hopefully inspire others to follow her footsteps.
Another went back to college after 30 years of working and raising a family … showing it’s never too late to pursue an education and fulfill your dreams.
I’m glad St. Joseph’s is able to help such students find the means to attend college.
The end of the school year is also a time of transitions. Brenda, who has worked as a houseparent for 19 years, will retire when school is out. Her co-workers gathered for lunch at the Marina, and I was able to join them. Brenda has so many memories and stories of the kids in all those years, and I laughed as she reminisced.
Another goodbye was to Jan, who is retiring from the Title program. Those teachers are actually employees of the Chamberlain School district, but I always say that their heart belongs to St. Joseph’s. Jan and all the Title teachers show wonderful care for our students and help those most in need of individualized attention.
I stopped to videotape a message for our high school seniors who graduate from the Chamberlain program in just two weeks. They were sixth graders when I started here, and I have lots of memories as I’ve seen them grow up.
Then, it was on to the chapel to take the official graduation photo for the newspaper. Wow – so many milestones are fast approaching!
Wow – so many milestones are fast approaching!