At St. Joseph’s, we’re always looking for new ways to prepare our students for the future. Every year, we host a career day to help them learn about a variety of jobs. Recently, six Native American guests visited with our students about their careers and the education that lead them to those careers.
Leanne talking to Lakota kids about the effects of drugs. Leanne, a drug and alcohol counselor, visits with students about the effects of secondhand smoke and alcoholism.

  • Nancy, an alumnae of St. Joseph’s Indian School, is the manager of the local fast food restaurant.
  • Paul, an alumnus of St. Joseph’s Indian School, works at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Bobbi is a Registered Nurse at Indian Health Service in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation.
  • Leanne is the Drug and Alcohol counselor for Indian Health Service in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation.
  • Bud serves as the Cultural Diversity Director at Lake Area Tech in Watertown, South Dakota. Budd’s father, St. Joseph’s oldest living alumnus at age 95, was here when our doors opened in 1927!
Nancy a former student of St. Joseph's Indian School. Nancy used to attend St. Joseph’s Indian School. Currently, she is the manager at a local fast food chain.

“It’s important for our Native American students to meet people who have walked a similar path in life and are now taking on great responsibilities and helping others through their jobs,” said Fr. Steve, St. Joseph’s Director.

An ambulance crew was also scheduled to attend but, in an example of real life, was called out to an emergency before presentations began.
Caden looks at a model of a human heart. Paul, a St. Joseph’s alumnus, works at Sanford Heart Hospital and brought a model of a human heart. Caden, a sixth grader, takes a closer look.

“Activities like these really make a difference in our students’ lives,” said LaRayne, St. Joseph’s Native American Studies teacher and coordinator of career day. “By sharing a little about themselves, what they do and how they acquired their education, our students can follow the examples of these professionals. Students can see firsthand how their talents and values can help them find success.”

 

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