Summer Projects at St. Joseph’s Indian School

St. Joseph’s Facilities Crew is always busy and summer is no exception! Some projects are big and noticeable – like the new playground. Others are smaller and less

The Lakota children are safe and learning lots thanks to your support!
Thanks to you, the Lakota children have a safe place to learn, play and grow!

interesting… but critical to operations and the safety of the Lakota (Sioux) children nonetheless.

  • As our programs grow, so does our need for new staff and, consequently, office space. The crew reconfigured space in the school library and in the Kateri Building for three new offices this summer.
  • The newly installed windows in the Benedictine Building (where boys and girls in grades 1-3 live) are safe and energy efficient – but every one of the 200+ windows needed to be trimmed out. No small task.
  • While most of the students and teachers are away, carpets get a thorough cleaning.
  • Painting is a never-ending process, both inside and out.
  • Many of our brick buildings are decades old, so tuck-pointing is underway to restore the integrity of the brick.

To keep current with government regulations and innovations in the industry, different members of the Facilities Crew take part in training. Recent classes for crew members covered the proper use of respirators, the benefits of a new scrubber in the Rec Center, and features of a computerized preventive maintenance program.

There are multiple other projects underway:

  • Replacing worn-out carpeting
  • Repairing concrete
  • Caulk, caulk, and more caulk!

The repair and upkeep of St. Joseph’s campus is critical in providing our students with a safe, secure environment.

We couldn’t do it without the generous support of our donors – thank you!

St. Joseph’s Facilities Crew is busy with maintenance and repairs before the Lakota children return to school.
Major summer projects are underway and will be completed before the Lakota children return to St. Joseph’s for the new school year.

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.

4 thoughts on “Summer Projects at St. Joseph’s Indian School”

  1. I am so happy about the new playground and all the good things. I will keep praying, and try to donate when I can.

  2. I don’t know who wrote your article, but, am I reading it right- you need staff?  If so, what kind?  I believe I tried, at one time, but heard nothing.  

    I am a ‘Referral Associate’ Broker, in Massachusetts.  Sometimes, it’s best to relocate than to chase after, perpetual renovations.

    I am willing to listen and I have a free, round-trip Greyhound ticket should you like for us to meet.  Although, someone would have to pick me up at the nearest terminal.

    Just a thought!   Sincerely, Mary J. Charbonneau

    1. Thank you for your note, Mary!
      As a Referral Associate Broker, what exactly do you do?
      We have three remaining houseparent positions to fill. If you would like to fill out an application, you can contact Human Resources directly at 605-234-3311. Thank you for your kindness!
      God bless

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