When a Cupcake Means So Much More

Eighth grade students showed gratitude through a random act of kindness.

Is there anything sweeter than an unexpected visit from a friend? Pair it with a cupcake, cookie dessert and a card!

Some eighth grade girls barreled through the hallways recently with a mission to spread gratitude and love to their teachers, classmates and other staff at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

“It’s something we are calling their ‘Gratitude Project’,” said Kim, the Religion teacher at St. Joseph’s who helped organize the project. “I’m sure it will get wild.”

In her classroom, the students brainstormed different ways they could show people they care and surprise them with a gift. The group decided making a dessert and a card would be best, and they planned to deliver the goodies during Study Hall.

But first, the students baked and frosted cupcakes and made “dirt cups” (a chocolate cookie and pudding dessert of sorts) with a little help from their houseparents.

After gathering in Kim’s classroom, the prediction that things would be “wild” proved very true. The girls quickly raced through the school hallways going this way and that way to deliver the sweet treats to their pals. Like bees buzzing to and from a hive, the girls worked feverishly until the large trays of sweets were empty.

“I was kind of nervous [before passing out the gifts], until half the kids were like, ‘Oh my gosh! That’s really good!’” said Kaylee, a St. Joseph’s student.

“This project made me feel really glad,” said LaShanti, another student.

What started as an ordinary day truly ended on a high — or sweet — note before the last school bell rang for the day. There was a lot of laughter. A lot of smiles. Most of all, there was a lot of gratitude.

Mission accomplished.

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.

3 thoughts on “When a Cupcake Means So Much More”

  1. Events like this are one of the reasons I am happy to be a contributor to the welfare of the students at St. Joseph’s school. And with good purpose, they are understanding that it’s time for them to go into the world, supported, educated and with a joyful attitude, realize their special successes and be happy, as was intended. Hooray for THEM!

  2. Hi everyone and blessings!..a mission packet from st. Joseph school was sent to me along with many others, but God used My concern and care for children and I was intrigued to want to help and get involved! I’m excited to be connected with all of you and hear what God is doing through the school and ministry!! I would love to hear and learn more how I can get involved!, Phil

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