This morning I saw some of the 8th graders getting on the bus to go to the high school. After graduation at St. Joseph’s Indian School, many of them will stay with our program and make the transition to our community’s public high school in the fall. Today part of that group was matched up with our current high school students. The rest will do the same tomorrow. They spend time shadowing, attending classes for a day and start familiarizing themselves with the facilities and the teachers.

Another part of their transition is that they’ve now earned high school privileges. That includes later bedtime and more freedom around campus. But they also have responsibilities, such as getting themselves up on their own with an alarm clock to get ready for school. Since they were excited about the change of pace, getting up on time wasn’t an issue.

The students at St. Joseph’s Indian School undoubtedly enjoyed the circus!
The students at St. Joseph’s Indian School undoubtedly enjoyed the circus!

The circus is in town, and many of our Homes, especially the younger ones, were excited about the exotic animals and fun adventure. The most common favorites were the tigers, clowns and acrobats on bicycles.

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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