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You may not have heard of Pine Ridge, but Loveland Early Childhood Center (LECC) kindergarten students can tell you all about it. The Indian Reservation located in South Dakota is home to the Lakota Oglala Sioux, and the impoverished nation has what LECC Teacher Jessia Ritz described as “some staggering statistics.”
“Our students are learning about the culture of the Lakota Oglala Sioux, and how the little things that they can do can make a big difference in our world!” said Ritz.
Little things that many times come in multiple colors with glitter. Thursday, Dec. 3, the students crafted holiday ornaments for the Veteran’s Office located in Pine Ridge. They also plan to write letters to the veterans who live there. The reason why?
"I like making people happy and giving them things they don't have," said LECC Student Owen Helms.
LECC Student Maddie Raih said, "I want to make them feel better. I want to be a pen pal with kids there."
"It's important to learn about this so we can tell our kids when we grow up about helping people and about the Native Americans," said LECC Student Will Perusek.
“This has been a rewarding, exciting experience for our young Tigers,” said Ritz. “The response we have seen from this project has been mature and genuine – especially from students who are five and six years old. They have shown incredible perspective about our world, and their creativity is endless; I am so impressed by each of these student's hearts and their willingness to learn about helping those in need!”
Photo caption: LECC Student Emma Todd shows the ornament she designed to send to veterans who live in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.