Fun in the sun

The middle school ranks were mighty thin when I visited the school today. Today was the first track meet of the season, and the team bus left in the morning. The runners have been practicing a lot in cold damp weather, and had one meet canceled, so they were glad for a sunny day and a chance to compete.

Fr. Anthony lead a Mini Retreat for the students who will make their first communion on Sunday. They are excited that their families plan to be on campus and be witness to their special day. They’ve learned their prayers fine, but getting them into the right places at the right time showed that we need more practice. Key houseparents and teachers will help point them in the right direction.

After school, the staff in the Mentor Program gathered with their students at American Creek campground just down the road. There were plenty of games to get involved with, including volleyball, frisbee and kite flying. I ended up playing the washer toss (same principles as horseshoes, only with washers and a board with a hole in the center) with several of the kids. The two hours evaporated and in the blink of an eye it was time to get everyone home to start homework.

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.

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