The Youth Works crew had a couple of powerful experiences learning about what has happened to Native Americans, and how it has impacted their people today. What we learned was difficult to hear because of the ways the formation of America, as we know it, has decimated their people and culture. It is heartbreaking, and has caused us to think of what we can do to build stronger bridges of peace and understanding between these cultures.
Our crews worked on a couple of different projects today, with half our group leading kids in games and crafts at Kids Club. While the other half of our group did some painting.
Jason J’s crew: Maya, Avery, Maika, Lucas, and Max share their reflection on their day.
Today we had the opportunity to paint Thomas’ house/business. He is the owner of a nail salon. The reason why we painted his house was because the town of Sisseton is coming up on its 125th anniversary and he wants the exterior to look nice for the parade. Everyone is so generous. Thomas even offered to provide lunch for our crew tomorrow!
While cleaning the siding we ran out of rags, so there was a lady with a butcher knife next door that kindly cut a rag in half for us. We were a bit shocked but it was super nice of her to give a rag to us. We enjoyed working with a team from St. Pius X in Rochester and listening to Disney songs together. Overall, we had fun today and we are looking forward to tomorrow.