Updating our knowledge

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Along with almost all our of 60 houseparents and several other staff who regularly drive our St. Joseph vehicles, I started off this morning by attending a winter safety driving class. While  most of the others and I have seen many winters, it was still good to review how we should approach driving when the roads get slick. We have one new houseparent from Louisiana that it may be the biggest adventure for! As with many things in life, we get in trouble when we take too much for granted and don’t periodically update our knowledge.

At the Summerlee Home (4th – 5th grade girls) they talked about this afternoon’s basketball game. They lost to Lower Brule, but just appreciated the chance to play. No students who try out are cut from the team, and our coaches are good about rotating all of the players in. The other topic of conversation was the “Dancing Dolls and Dudes” program. It’s run off campus by volunteers in the town, and most of the Summerlee girls are participating. They’re learning dance steps and a routine for a performance in early December. Excitement is building. Activities where our students can interact with peers in town are especially helpful in building social skills and self-confidence.

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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