Laura Pettersen –
Today we had an opportunity to meet with over 100 students from Crazy Horse School. The students participated in a first aid fair hosted by the La Crosse Health Scienc Academy students. Four students from Crazy Horse School also participated in teaching roles. These students attended Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center’s Health Careers Camp last summer. It was a pleasure to see all of the teaching students professionally speaking about their first aid topics, answering questions, and really listening to the students participating. I’m excited to see what the students attending this year’s summer camp will be doing next year.
Jamie Schiffer –
My name is Jamie and I’m a senior in the Health Science Academy. This is my second trip to Pine Ridge and it is just as rewarding as my first trip this past summer. Our day started off at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee. We had an incredible opportunity to join in the daily prayer circle. It made us all feel welcomed and appreciated for our work on the reservation. After the prayer circle I helped Dr. Manson and the Gundersen team with sports physicals. Personally, I assisted in giving eye exams for the students. This was one of my favorite parts of this trip so far, because I really connected with some of the students from Crazy Horse School. For example, I met a senior named Trevor with a promising future. He explained to me what his future plans consist of and the meaning of an interesting tattoo on his arm. Trevor plans to pursue his dream of enlisting in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He told me that his tattoo represented his mother. She passed away two years ago due to a devastating battle of cancer and lack of resources to cure it. After talking to Trevor for about thirty minutes I realized that I had learned more from an eighteen year old compared to any other person that I have encountered in my life so far. He had such an incredible outlook on life and easily appreciated everything that he had. It made me realize how blessed I am with the opportunities I am faced with and all of the people in my life that care about me. Even though I only spent a half an hour with Trevor, his outlook on life will be something that I will appreciate for the rest of my life. I look forward to learning more about the people at Pine Ridge and what other lessons they have to offer.
Samantha Ellis –
My name is Samantha Ellis, I am a senior in the Health Science Academy. This was my second trip out to Pine Ridge and I love it out here. Today was full of different fun experiences. I think my favorite part of today was seeing the same kids that we worked with last summer come more out of their shell. They all were so excited to see us and learn about the new information we had for them. Seeing all of them more involved and wanting to help us out makes me so happy that they want a better future for themselves. The first step to wanting something to happen for them is to step out and do something.
Annette Ohern –
When asked why I come out to Pine Ridge, my answer is simple….it’s the people. This is my 9th trip here and it’s the people that keep bringing me back.
People….walking into Crazy Horse School and having student Earl see me and yell “Miss Annette” and give me a big hug
People…the handshakes of sincere gratitude from the teachers whose students we are serving
People…invited into the morning prayer circle at the school
People…seeing our LaCrosse Health Academy students actively engage with Pine Ridge youth…playing basketball, laughing, talking about their lives
People…the freshman girl who came up to me and said “I remember you from last year. You taught us first aid in our 8th grade class. I used what you taught me this summer when I was out hiking. My friend fell and broke her leg and I remembered how to splint and buddy carry her to help. And help was an hour away. Thank you.”
People…hosting 18 members of our March team which was comprised of students and healthcare professionals in our room for “Taco Tuesday” all sharing stories about their experiences.
People…laughing at what is said by students:
student–“is that a buffalo?” chaperone–“no, that is a cow”
student–“is THAT a buffalo?” chaperone–“no, that is a bush”
we now have a new vocabulary word….bushcows
People….taking a selfy with a buffalo! 🙂
People…watching Tom & Lori actively engage over 100 youth in our “crash case scenario” where students applied what they learned in the first aid fair
People…when we were short one student for the stations for the first aid fair because she was helping with school physicals, a Crazy Horse student who had been to camp stepped up and said “I can do this station for you.”
People….Scott delivering coffee to my door every morning!
Yes…my 9th trip out and it’s the people…looking forward to the people on my 10th trip.
Lori Miskell –
How about some basketball!!!
The Heath Science Academy team and the Gundersen team had some down time between our First Aid stations and car accident scenario today. We had a some interactive sports action between the Lakota students and LaCrosse team. Tom Carpenter, and I (Lori) attempted to keep up with the kids in basketball. Hayden (Heath Science Academy), and the Clayton,Henry,Amber and Marsha (Lakota kids) ran circles around us! Tom claimed to be stud basketball player, and attempted all day to make shot after shot, but much to his chagrin even I beat him at a game of Pig:) The kids thought it was pretty funny! What a great day of interacting with over 100 kids from Crazy Horse school!