St. Joseph's classrooms geting touched up. Our classrooms were touched up with new paint and carpet this summer.
Summer may be a time to relax, but with numerous projects to complete, St. Joseph’s campus is at full speed making sure everything is completed before the students return for the 2012-2013 school year.

Please excuse our mess!

Our largest project is the addition of the Alumni and Historical Center, Tokya uŋk njiŋpiWe stood here in the beginning. This addition is comprised of three main components: the Alumni and Historical Center, a Medicine Wheel Garden of Healing and a storage facility for the long-term collection of the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center.

Another major project is fixing drainage in front of the Benedictine and Kateri Buildings. The first week in July, a specialized company began removing the concrete. This area will be repaved to assist proper draining and prevent water from pooling. During cold weather, these pools create large patches of ice, which are a hazard for students and staff.

The beginning of construction on the Akta Lakota Museum. Before: The expansion project at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center began in the fall of 2011.

First, second and third grade students have their homes in the Benedictine Building, while the Kateri Building houses high school girls.

Other projects include:

Mathias Home: The remodeling of the Mathias Home is almost done! Right now, our maintenance crew is completing final details just in time for houseparents to arrive on campus the first week of August. The junior high girls who live in the Mathias Home will return on August 12 for school to begin Monday, August 13.

School Painting and Carpeting: Our school building is getting a little touch up this summer with new paint and carpet in all the classrooms.

Summerlee and William Remodel: We have kicked off the next round of home remodels with the Summerlee and William Homes, where our fourth and fifth-grade girls live.

Progress made on the construction of the Akta Lakota Museum. After: Today, considerable progress has been made!

The Summerlee Home has most of the demolition work complete. We have started framing up the new walls, which will offer a more open interior in the home.

The William Home is in the demolition process. This home will be extended a few feet to give the girls additional space in their living and play areas.

Even with all this, daily work activities must go on! Our groundskeepers, plumber, painter and electrician are busy in different areas of campus making sure everything is ready for the start of the new school year.

Wopila tanka - many thanks - for helping provide a safe, secure home and school for the Lakota boys and girls!


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