GOTCHA! St. Joseph’s Rewards Students ‘Caught Doing Something Good!’

Students at SJIS are rewarded for doing good deeds for others.

Doing the right thing has its rewards – just ask St. Joseph’s Indian School students who are “Caught Doing Something Good!”

As students go about their school days, they have opportunities to help their peers and teachers. Whether that’s holding the door open for someone, standing up for a classmate, or assisting someone who is hurt – the opportunities to do the right thing are endless.

To reward students who strive to do good, gold “Caught Doing Something Good!” cards are awarded. Students who display the Circle of Courage virtues can also receive gold cards for showing belonging, generosity, independence and mastery.

Each week the names of gold card recipients are gathered. Fifteen student names and one staff name are drawn for prizes and announced over the loud speaker to the entire school. Prizes can be anything from gum, to toys like Hot Wheels and Beanie Babies.

Although the opportunity at a prize is motivation to do nice things, students take pride in getting gold cards even when their name is not drawn for a prize.

“Students do enjoy getting gold cards and also the prizes that come with it,” said Sharmel, St. Joseph’s school principal. “Of course we encourage to do nice things regardless if they receive a gold card.”

We’re proud to say that last year 332 gold cards were turned in! That’s a lot of good going around St. Joseph’s Indian School!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

Pilamayathank you – to our generous supporters who make programs like this possible at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

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.

4 thoughts on “GOTCHA! St. Joseph’s Rewards Students ‘Caught Doing Something Good!’”

  1. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”….Good work. “brick by brick…stone by stone”…Thank you.

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