First Day of School Energizes St. Joseph’s Staff and Students

Staff from all over St. Joseph’s Indian School’s campus turned out for an outdoor parade on Tuesday, August 10, to welcome back students in grades 1-8.

Laughter, music, colorful signs and bubbles filled the air as students walked the campus. Horses from the school’s equine therapy program took up the rear, adding to the parade atmosphere.

Grade school students began returning to campus on Sunday, August 8. Safety measures are in place because of the persistence of COVID-19. The Dehon Health Center staff screened each child for the Coronavirus on arrival, and masking is required in some circumstances. The administration regularly monitors the situation and will make adjustments as needed. The high school program begins next week.

Unvaccinated students will mask for the first 14 days on campus, after that they can choose to not wear a mask. Vaccinated students will not be masked, unless they choose to do so.

Return day also was a joy-filled event. Sixth-grader Rylee said upon exiting the car, “It is good to be back. I am excited about playing an instrument this year.”

She shared hugs all around with family before bounding into her campus residence.

Parent and guardian TroyLynn Peneaux, herself an alumnus, said of her five children, “They have been all excited packing this week. I know they are getting a good education and have a good support system here. They are going to be fine.”

Staff shared the excitement.

“It is one of my most favorite days of the year,” said Student Coordinator Jennie. “You get to see their faces, and they bring so much energy to campus.”

Residential Liaison Colton Anderson’s feelings mirrored Schilling’s. “We come in for three weeks of training, and you get to where you just can’t wait for the kids to get here.”

New Campus Chaplain Fr. Greg Schill, SCJ, who joined the staff July 1, described his first return day. “It is quite a hot day, but it is nice that it is finally here after waiting over a month. I want to meet as many students and parents as possible and support the staff.”

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 90 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.

5 thoughts on “First Day of School Energizes St. Joseph’s Staff and Students”

  1. I am so happy to see all the excitement bring the school’s staff to meet the children and the children’s response.

    I thank you for allowing me to support you. I hope you and yours have a GREAT school season.

    I am planning to continue supporting your effort.

    I am in my 92nd year so don’t be surprised if all the sudden I stop. My hopes are that I pass my 100 year mark.

    With great respect, your booster!

    Edward A. Burdick

  2. I am excited to hear the kids are returning back to school and precautions are in place for their safety and support. I look forward to hearing how the school year progresses. I sure wish I could attend the Pow Wow this year but I understand the concerns. I will plan to watch online for sure. Welcome back to all staff and students!

  3. It makes me so happy to see the happy faces on all the students and staff. It is my honor to give your school what I can. I am thrilled to see the progress your students make and that it is a Christian education. God bless you all this school year!

  4. It’s great to see the kids so anxious to get back to school. I hope they carry this attitude throughout the entire school year.

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