Good afternoon from a snowy South Dakota!
We had a little dusting of snow early this morning. With the leaves still on the ground, it makes for a slippery situation. I’m sure the students were not in mad dashes across St. Joseph’s campus today.
First of all, Happy Veterans Day! A big pilamaya – thank you – to all who made the commitment to serve in the Armed Forces of our country to keep us protected and free.
There is a Veterans’ Day powwow in Lower Brule today. LaRayne, our Native American Studies teacher, took 10 drummers and 5 dancers to take part. The Summerlee Home (4th and 5th grade girls) went up yesterday to join in the festivities and enjoy a meal with the community.
Friday night, several of our staff represented St. Joseph’s Indian School in a fundraiser for the Chamberlain School District Foundation. It was loosely based on an Old Fashioned Community Spelling Bee. Nine different teams took part in the event at the city civic center, which was recently rebuilt.
It was an open house for the new facility and a chance to raise some money for an outdoor classroom for the Chamberlain school system. The teams had fun as they competed in spelling, puns, scrabble and penmanship. While the MC stated ‘this might be the first and last spelling bee,’ it seemed everyone had fun and even the audience was able to take part.
I hope you all have a great week. We continue to keep you in our prayers, asking God to bless and reward you for your generosity to the Lakota children at St. Joseph’s.
Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ