Preparing the “Senior Suitcase” for St. Joseph’s Students

Dee, St. Joseph's Transition Specialist
Dee, St. Joseph’s Transition Specialist

Greetings from the St. Joseph’s Indian School High School program! My name is Dee and I am the Transition Specialist working with the high school students. My job is to help prepare students for life after high school graduation. There are many different opportunities for our seniors to consider after high school.

The “Senior Suitcase” is an important part of life after St. Joseph’s for our students. We — and our generous donors — want students to be prepared for their future and living independently.

Students had a list and a budget to stick to while they packed their “Senior Suitcase.”
Angela compares prices to be sure she’s getting the best deal.

In understanding this idea, students received a budget and are able to purchase items needed that they will use once they depart from our campus — things like a microwave, television and laundry basket.

We know that our students have diverse plans once graduated (college, vo-tech school, military or workforce). So, with a budgeted amount of money, an itemized list and some guidance from staff, students can chose what they feel is suitable for them and what will come next in their life.

Our six graduating seniors were very appreciative and grateful to have this opportunity! Thank you for your support and the great opportunity that this has provided for our students.


Transition Specialist

The “Senior Suitcase” enables students to purchase things they’ll need when they leave high school.
Erica has everything she needs for her college dorm room!

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.

7 thoughts on “Preparing the “Senior Suitcase” for St. Joseph’s Students”

  1. Thanks Dee.. sounds like a wonderful program.. Good luck and God bless all the graduates. God bless you all

  2. What a wonderful program to assist the students before venturing forth into the world. They are blessed as you are to be able to teach them this very important aspect of life. God’ blessings upon you and God bless the graduating students.

  3. It is so nice seeing that the students are being prepared for the after graduation. So many highschool students are not properly prepared to take the next step in their journey of life. God bless you guys for all you do!

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