I am a long time donor to this K-12 school and have found it to be an excellent resource for the Pine Ridge Reservation, where there is 89% unemployment and 6 in 10 live in poverty. Not only do students receive an outstanding education (has the highest number of Gates scholars per capita in the nation) but it offers healthy meal programs, and community outreach for those hoping to start businesses . Over 90 % of Red Cloud students graduate from high school and of that number 90% go on to post secondary education. Residents of the reservation recognize the value of Red Cloud's Lakota culture curriculum as well as after school activities such as basketball. The teachers really care about the kids. I know several Pine Ridge families with children who have attended or are still in the school. While visiting these families I have toured the school and the cultural museum. A Red Cloud education has been a life changing process for the graduates, with many now in professions such as teaching, social work or in medicine. Go to their website to get more information: https://www.redcloudschool.org
My wife and I spent a few days this summer at the school. The purpose of our visit was to see first hand the school to which we have contributed for many years and to better understand their needs. We volunteered in several classes teaching science lessons and interacting with the students. The school provides many services and meals to the students besides providing them with a quality education. The teachers are very competent and caring. The students are motivated and perform at a high level academically. The community the school serves has an unemployment rate around 80%. Without the school, these students would not have adequate nutrition and hope for a good future that a quality education can provide. We were most impressed with the work being performed at the school and have increased our level of support accordingly. In addition to cash contributions, we provide extra resources to the teachers and library in the form of books, magazines, and science kits. We also just sent a shipment of new sweat shirts for the students in response to the need of warm clothing to deal with South Dakota winters.