Smiles and memories from St. Joseph’s Indian School

The staff sat through many meetings and presentations today. One favorite event is viewing a slide show of the past’s events. That always brings smiles and nostalgic memories. There was also the mandatory talk about fire and safety, and classes on dealing with blood and airborne pathogens when kids are hurt or sick. We all have to continually strive to learn a little about a lot of different topics.

Smaller focus groups met to pull together the ideas and questions we heard during yesterday’s strategic planning sessions, trying to fill in more details. One question we ask a lot around here is, “Who has the R? – Who will be responsible for making sure what we say we want to do gets done?”

Besides meetings, teachers are getting their classrooms ready. The walls are starting to come to life with more color and objects that announce the start of another school year. Houseparents also are organizing and setting up the homes – everything from stocking the cupboards to decorating bulletin boards and prayer spaces. The balance between physical work and the input of ideas seems to be a good combination.

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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