Minnesota Service

MINNESOTA SERVICE 2017 Blog

LOCATION
St. Mary’s Mission, Red Lake, Minnesota

TRIP DESCRIPTION
Students will immerse themselves into a new culture by serving the area and people of the location.  We will begin with a 10-hour road trip from Chicago to Northern Minnesota.  St. Mary’s Mission is located on the Ojibwa Reservation.  This reservation is one of two sovereign American Indian reservations in the country.  Upon arrival, we will be staying in the convent at St. Mary’s Mission.  During our week, we will be helping out in the classrooms at the school, teaching new skills such as basketball or art classes.  We will also be in charge of the school’s ‘Track Day’, their end of the year field day.  Included in the cost of the trip are daily meals and housing (bedding is provided)  This is a service based trip with helping to rebuild and grow the community as our major priority.  However, we look forward to exploring the area we travel to.  This trip also includes days for travel which will be by car and stops along the way such as hiking and sightseeing.  

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Application and interview are required to be considered for this trip.
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with St. Benedict’s Secondary School.
  • All St. Benedict school rules will apply while on the trip.
  • Previous service immersion trips are suggested as a prerequisite to this trip.
  • Students should be prepared of the physical nature of the service work we will be doing, such as lifting and carrying heavy objects and spending long hours in the heat.
  • Students should have a strong passion and desire for service and social justice. The majority of this trip is actively participating in service work. Days at the work site will at minimum 8 hours long, with intermittent breaks.

FACULTY
Maggie Deady teaches Theology at St. Benedict’s.  Maggie earned her BA in Secondary Education Social Studies from the University of Dayton.  As a deeply spiritual person Maggie looks forward to helping students immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of the United States.   

Rachel Waldron is the Head of Early Childhood at St. Benedict.  This will be her seventh year overseeing the Preschool and Kindergarten programs at SBPS.  Previous to coming to SBPS Rachel taught middle school science and Kindergarten.  She has a BA in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s College and an MA in Educational Administration from Notre Dame.