We got our hands dirty this morning painting at the Sacred Heart Center, a foster home and women’s shelter that provides services for women and children from abusive homes. Staff members at the center started off by explaining their mission and how grateful they are that volunteers like us can come in to help with odd jobs such as painting, as they are already spread so thin that there is no time left over for them to accomplish tasks like that. We finished three bathrooms and a laundry room, paying close attention to keep the nice wood floors paint-free!

After our time at Sacred Heart we headed back to the Cheyenne River Youth Project where some of us created a presentation for their “College Night.” This was an event geared towards teenagers with the aim of generating an interest in college. Our members gave them information about good ol’ USD and gave them a picture of what college life is like. Others of us worked magic in the kitchen cooking delicious and nutritious tater-tot casserole and stroganoff for the kids. It was good the kids had such a great meal to nourish them after they spent loads of energy completing the obstacle course on the playground that some of our team members created! We had so much fun playing kick-ball and tag in the yard, getting out energy, and bonding with the kids. It was hard when 7:00 p.m. rolled around and it was time to say goodbye to them. We all are sad to see our time drawing nearer to a close, but the wonderful memories are well worth it. #GOAWOL