Our Hope

Monday, October 25, 2010

Today when I visited the school many of the students were wearing pajamas. Others sported baseball caps with their favorite teams or woven stocking caps. I asked the 3rd grade class why they were dressed up that way.

“Red Ribbon week” They all chimed in.

“Why are some of you wearing hats?”

“Put a cap on drugs!”

“So why are some of you wearing pajamas? Is there a theme for that?”

“Kids should sleep more!” volunteered one of the girls.

That’s probably true, but their theme for the day was, “Follow your dreams. Don’t do drugs.” That’s always our hope with these kinds of activities. We teach that early and often.

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.

2 thoughts on “Our Hope”

  1. Hmmm..Hats and pajamas..a new fad..? Well..it’s a lot better than taking drugs and staying up all night..! What works, works..!
    Thus Endeth The Sermon..!
    Up with kids..
    Mia and Bob

  2. Yes, we need to teach our youth that the answers are inside them, not outside. They are like antennae, and if the signals get blocked by things like drugs- the reception fades, and you have real trouble trying to get the signal to come back in. Sometimes you have to get someone to help you fine tune it, to get the signal right.

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