Friday, November 5, 2010
We had our first long hard frost overnight, which left the ground a pale and foggy grey as I gazed out the window this morning. But by noon it warmed up into the 60’s and made for a lovely fall day. Winter may be inevitably creeping nearer, but each day when the students can get out and roam free during break time has a positive impact on attitudes and behaviors.
St. Joseph’s participates in several of the Artist-in-Residence programs the State of South Dakota sponsors each year. This week we hosted TJ Casey, a cowboy poet and musician. With his help and prompting, it was our students who were the artists. They got up in front of the assembly hall and read the works they had created over the course of the past week. It’s huge to get our students to overcome shyness and stand up in front of a crowd. TJ’s humor and encouragement made the poetry fun, and allowed them to express themselves. Not everyone read publicly, but all of them wrote poetry. Mr. Casey then called up each of the sections of 7th and 8th graders to perform their group compositions, that he will set to music and record. Some of the works were whimsical, others touching. Then he treated us to a few of his songs. His guitar work and rich voice captivated our kids attention.