Step Up Day at St. Joseph’s

Today was “Step Up Day” at the school. The first graders moved to the second grade classroom to see what that was like, 2nd grade moved up to 3rd and so on. The 4th graders moved up from the middle floor of school to the top floor where they will be 5th graders. They were mostly excited that they get their own book lockers.

Great job kids!
Great jobs kids!

After school we had the spring sports awards. Medals were presented to the winning teams for T-Ball and Softball, and trophies were given for outstanding track and archery efforts. Jerry Vaad’s daughter came to present a trophy in her dad’s memory to the home who placed highest in our Wednesday night enrichment activities. And Leonard, a houseparent was named “Rec Center Volunteer of the Year” for all his work with T-ball and the pep club.

The 6th– 8th grade homes had an end of the year cook out, and then we had the staff versus 8th grade co-ed softball game. The staff prevailed 13-8, but it was more fun than real competition. The staff had to hit a larger softball which didn’t travel as far and the students were given 5 outs per inning to level the playing field a bit. We had a beautiful night with lots of laughs and a few impressive hits and catches. My leg didn’t hurt, but I still haven’t recovered any speed or power. I looked pretty lame trying to run in for a foul pop up, but did make a nice over the shoulder catch later to snuff out a student rally. I had two singles in four at bats and saw lots of action at third base.

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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