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Monthly Archives: December 2014

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    December Partner of the Month: Running Strong for American Indian Youth

December Partner of the Month: Running Strong for American Indian Youth

For many years, CRYP and Alexandria-based Running Strong for American Indian Youth® have worked together to provide valuable programs and services on the remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Running Strong as our December Partner of the Month.

Each year, this partnership with Running Strong successfully serves our local community through CRYP’s Heat Assistance program; scholarships to assist groups with renting facilities at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus; a food grant; a variety of in-kind donations; and important youth-programming support.

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Eight Students Graduate from Main University This Fall

Earlier this month, CRYP held a special graduation ceremony for the eight youngsters who completed Main University’s fall semester. Held on Tuesday, December 2, the festivities included commencement exercises and a hearty meal for students and their families.

Twenty children participated in Main University, which kicked off its fall semester on November 3. Participants who completed 16 total classes were eligible to graduate. Thomas Lucero was this semester’s valedictorian, and Jeremiah Lucero was Salutatorian.

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300 “Dear Santa” Letters Remain to be Adopted!

Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, which means CRYP staff and volunteers are in the home stretch for the 2014 Christmas Toy Drive. It’s not too late to help: The 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization is reporting that approximately 300 “Dear Santa” letters remain to be adopted so it can meet its goal of making Christmas wishes come true for 1,500 children across South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

“Those who are interested in being part of this year’s Christmas Toy Drive simply need to contact us to get their ‘Dear Santa’ letters,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Or, if they would prefer to contribute funds, they can donate via our website or Crowdrise campaign. Then we’ll do the shopping on our end.”

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    CRYP Welcomes 73 Guests to Annual “Thanks For Kids” Dinner

CRYP Welcomes 73 Guests to Annual “Thanks For Kids” Dinner

CRYP welcomed 73 members of the Cheyenne River community to its annual “Thanks for Kids” celebration and dinner. The festivities took place on Tuesday, November 25 at the Cokata Wiconi teen center.

A visiting volunteer group from Wisconsin’s Marquette University High School prepared the traditional, homemade, holiday-inspired meal. Much of the fresh produce came directly from CRYP’s 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win garden, and Running Strong for American Indian Youth donated the turkeys.

And, this year, the 26-year-old, not-for-profit youth organization extended a special invitation to Cheyenne River elders. Sandy Frazier, Carmelita Eagle Chasing, Debbie Day, and Sylvester Waloke attended the evening event and shared stories with participating children.

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