St. Joseph’s Participates in Girls on the Run!

Hi All!

My name is Kelli. I serve as St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Development/Child Services Liaison… which means that I get to spend time with the children at St. Joseph’s on a regular basis. Pretty cool!

Recently, I was able to spend 10 weeks with our 4th and 5th grade girls through our Girls on the Run Program.

dsc_0003Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspired St. Joseph’s girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, our girls made new friends, built confidence and celebrated all that makes them unique.

Throughout the program, lessons were split into three categories:

  1. Understanding ourselves
  2. Valuing relationships and teamwork
  3. Understanding how we connect to and shape the world at large

At the end of our season the girls and I (along with a few of my coworkers) loaded a bus and joined approximately 900 other Girls on the Run participants from all over the state to run a 5k in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The 5k run gave our girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving all of their life’s goals.

dsc_0026I’m not a super fast runner, but the day of the race I ran alongside one of our girls and we finished in 33 minutes! It was a lot of fun cheering on each other as we passed each mile marker. Some of our girls’ family members and Fr. Anthony made the trip to support us all on our run- it was great to be cheered on by people we hold dear.

After the race, each girl received their very own 5k medal. For most, if not all, of our girls, it was the first race ribbon they’ve ever received! Our girls could hardly wait for Thanksgiving break so they could show their family their newly earned hardware.

From the bottom of my heart, Pilamaya– thank you, for making programs like this possible for the Lakota children in our care here at St. Joseph’s.

It’s always amazing to walk alongside them in journeys like this… seeing how much they grow in just a short period of time. I’m so proud of the young women they are growing up to be!

Thanks for all your support. Merry Christmas!

Kelli, Development/Child Services Liaison.

Kelli
Development/Child Services Liaison

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.

7 thoughts on “St. Joseph’s Participates in Girls on the Run!”

  1. my wife made a donation and I looked up the website i think this place is awesome we are making plans to come visit as we love children very much and plan to further donate to this wonderful cause

  2. I have been donating for awhile now. I have three very large boxes for Christmas to what I call my Lakota kids, direct from San Antonio, TEXAS. I have found that before you go and donate for someone in another country, you should check out the American kids first.

  3. I am just getting my 2nd donation ready to go in the mail. I have supported a child with World Vision for years, but I just happened to hear about this place from a card I received. I went online and now will donate monthly. I’m excited about your place! May God bless you as you love and nurture the children to adulthood. Thank you!

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