Girls just wanna have fun! (especially at St. Joseph’s Indian School)

And that’s certainly what they were doing when I peeked into gymnastics practice with the first and second graders the other day! Forward rolls, back bends, and the

Anita works at St. Joseph's rec center.
Anita, rec center


Our Native American girls are learning all this under the watchful eyes of Coaches Mark (Recreation Center staff) and LaRayne (teacher at our elementary school). Yes, the girls are definitely having fun while they are being active, learning coordination, body awareness and image, plus persistence and perseverance!

There is an active gymnastics program at the middle and high school levels in Chamberlain; in fact, two members of the high school team (and the children of St. Joseph’s staff members) were at the state finals in Aberdeen, South Dakota last weekend.

The Lakota (Sioux) children participate in a variety of activities, including gymnastics.
St. Joseph’s first, second and third grade girls practice basic tumbling skills.

Watching the younger girls on the mats, you can see that we’ve got some good potential developing at St. Joseph’s Indian School!

Another thing our young Lakota (Sioux) girls enjoy is the CHEER TEAM!  This program has been underway for several years.  Besides having fun, learning cooperation and the responsibility of being a team member, they provide leadership and LOUD cheering during our basketball games here on campus!

The groups are coached by former cheerleaders Melissa, Jona & Amanda. These ladies come from very different areas: Jona works in St. Joseph’s Development office, Amanda is a Family Service Counselor and Melissa is the wife of a staff member.

St. Joseph’s students participate in all kinds of sports, including basketball and cheerleading, at our rec center.
St. Joseph’s Cheerleaders get the crowd fired up!

That’s it from the Rec Center for today…but we’ll be back soon with more updates!


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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