Their eyes wide with excitement

Our American Indian youngsters had such a blast at our annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Our Native American youngsters had such a blast at our annual Easter Egg Hunt!

The school was very quiet this morning, but once the homes opened at noon, the campus sprang to life as our American Indian students returned from Easter break. I took advantage of the morning quiet to work through a thick folder of strategic planning materials for next week. It has been four years since we developed our last plan. Reading through staff input on strengths we can  build on and weaknesses we need to address, gives a good overview of where to focus our efforts.

The residential coordinators spent the afternoon hiding colorful plastic eggs around our St. Joseph’s Indian School campus. At 4:00 all the children who were back, got to take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Grades 6-8 gathered at the field outside the Fisher Home, and grades 1-5 lined up outside the office.

Once they accomplished that mission, they brought their findings back to the Rec Center where they opened them to see which ones contained prize slips in addition to the small treats. Many lucky winners got to choose from a variety of lovely toys, games and stuffed animals. $10 Walmart gift cards that someone had donated were the coveted grand prizes. The kids all seemed to enjoy the adventure and everyone walked away a winner.

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 “Their eyes wide with excitement”

  1. Fr. Steve- I can only say, that my very HONEST and SINCERE thought….When the ending said…”EVERYONE WALKED AWAY A WINNER”…my visual and total inner thought was, YOU”, as these children were WINNERS’ as soon as they came to have, and were allowed your guidance.
    GOD BLESSED THEM, and YOU, -and will continue to do so. I hope your day is again BLESSED’-
    Cynthia MILLER”-skaggs

  2. The children look so excited. How lucky they are to have people so involved in their lives. I do agree with Cynthia on your guidance creating “winners.” My hat is off to you Fr Steve and all your staff.

    Cheryl G Miller

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