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January 11, 2013

What It’s Really About

by carrollministry

Welcome to Friday

The minute we walked into the school on Monday, I was instantly ready to go! The kids were freshly back from their Christmas break, and excited to have an immersion group with them for the week. From learning about Moses to doing long division, these school days have been a blast. I have loved seeing the look on the seventh graders faces when I say “Good morning!” or when they finally understand a question that they struggled with for so long.

IMG_2841I came to the De La Salle Blackfeet School the fall of my senior year in high school, and I thought that trip was cool…but this one just meant so much more to me. I got to reconnect with some of the kids I worked with last year, as well as getting to know new seventh graders as well. It was Codi and I tacking on the seventh grade, working together with their teachers to help these kids focus, learn, and grow into amazing young people. They all have so much potential, it breaks my heart to know how behind in school they all are and that there’s really not a lot they can do about it besides keep going to school and, hopefully, go on to college. Some of the kids have dreams of coming to Carroll and becoming teachers, which gives me so much happiness and hope for them. But there are also some children who don’t have any dreams or don’t want to share what there are for fear of being made fun of, which is frustrating to me.

Like any middle school students, the kids have those times when they just seem to have ants in their pants! It’s confusing to work to find the balance between being their friend and being a mentor, trying to be approachable and loving but also helping them learn their curriculum. Though, when it comes down to it, the children are here because they or someone who loves them wants them to receive the best schooling possible here. The support systems here are mind-blowing to me- every single member of each family is backing these wonderful young children. It shows me that these bonds are deeper than the snow outside and have more strength than any of the wind.
Alaina Clark

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