One year ago today …

One year ago today I was under the knife for 8 ½ hours when they removed my tumor at the Mayo Clinic. While it has been a hard year in very real ways, it has also been a year of tremendous blessing and support. Just by coincidence, the local paper is doing a story on cancer survivors, and one of the reporters stopped by my office to ask me about my experiences.  And I am so appreciative of all the people who have encouraged me and walked with me through this journey.

It was a therapeutic way to see where I’ve been and how far I’ve come.

Students are cleaning out their lockers and getting ready for the school year to end. Today Mary Jane put out many of the children’s books that have been donated in the Assembly Room; students all had a chance to look through them and take a bag full home with them for the summer. Reading during vacation times is so helpful for vocabulary, comprehension and retention. Very few of the Indian Reservation communities have libraries, so it’s even more crucial that our students have access to some material they will enjoy and learn from.

After school Kathleen, our principal, ordered fresh-baked pies from Casey’s restaurant and the teachers and staff sat around to relax and start to dream about their own summer vacations.

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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