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“Anomaly.09” Concert Benefits CRYP

Main University Celebrates Annual Graduation Ceremony

On November 14, the St. Louis based youth group MyCHAOS hosted a special concert called “Anomaly.09”to benet CRYP. This is the fourth year that the group, aliated with Messiah Lutheran Church, has staged the Anomaly concert and the third year that the proceeds have beneted the youth project.

“More than 200 young people attended this year’s event, each paying $5 for an evening of live music and fun,”said Alexandra Meador, CRYP’s youth programs director. “MyCHAOS donated 100% of the proceeds to our youth project. Their generosity is truly beyond comprehension.”

Anomaly.09 featured three bands — The Perfect Wonderful, Nineball and Ivoryline — at the Messiah Lutheran Church property in Weldon Spring, Missouri. MyCHAOS notes that the concert name came from the common phrase, “You are the anomaly,”referring to things that are outside the norm.

MyCHAOS member and event organizer Maggie Herring (pictured at left), a 17-year-old high school student, has volunteered with CRYP for two years through S.W.A.M.P.I.N., a volunteer group that conducts a mission trip to Eagle Butte every summer. Thanks to the youth group’s eorts, the Anomaly concert raised $5,000 for CRYP in 2008 and Meador said the same amount was raised this year.

Meador attended the Anomaly concert with Wiyaka Chasing Hawk, CRYP’s wellness coordinator, and Sherri Turning Heart, the youth project’s new youth programs assistant, who joined the sta in September. The three addressed the concert audience, presented an information booth about the youth project and presented a Lakota star quilt to Joyce Smith, who has led a St. Louis based Christmas Toy Drive eort for CRYP for the last 12 years.

Executive Director, Julie Garreau Receives Spirit of Dakota Award

Executive Director Julie Garreau has been recognized as the 21st winner of the Spirit of Dakota Award, an honor bestowed each fall by the Spirit of Dakota Award Society. Selected over nine other nominees, Garreau accepted this year’s award at the Crossroads Hotel & Huron Event Center on Saturday, October 3.

Established in 1987, the award recognizes a South Dakota woman who has demonstrated leadership qualities, has become successful in her community and state, has deep Dakota roots, has shown courage and strength of character, and has represented social, cultural and educational advancement for others.

To Alexandra Meador, CRYP’s youth programs director, Garreau was an ideal candidate. Meador nominated her for the award. “For more than 20 years, Julie has fought for a better future for Cheyenne River’s children. And along the way, she has inspired hundreds of volunteers to serve others. She has never given up on this youth project, which has struggled for resources since its 1988 inception, and because of that, the children here have something they can count on. They have something that gives them hope for the future.”

Garreau also has received the South Dakota Volunteer of the Year Award (1992); the Presidential Points of Light Award (1992), presented by President George H.W. Bush; the North American Indian Women’s Association Fellowship “Among All Peoples” Award (1999); and the Garden Supply Company’s First Place “Garden Crusader”Award (2005).In 2002, the South Dakota Coalition for Children named CRYP a “Champion for Children,”and Garreau was named to an honor roll that recognized its 16 members’outstanding dedication to South Dakota’s children. Her name also appears on the Honor Wall at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. In 2005, she spoke in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Aairs about positive youth initiatives and youth suicide prevention on Cheyenne River.

At the October 3 presentation, Garreau accepted the prestigious Spirit of South Dakota Award plaque, hand-crafted by renowned sculptor Dale Claude Lamphere. Lamphere based the plaque artwork on his nine-foot bronze sculpture of a pioneer woman, titled “Spirit of Dakota,”which stands at the entrance of the event center in Huron. The plaque depicts the same strong pioneer woman on its facade.

On Saturday, December 5, CRYP celebrated its most recent Main University class with a special graduation ceremony and lunch reception. The fall semester’s 10-week session started in mid- September with 53 participants. The children had to attend ve or more classes to graduate.

Seventeen students graduated on December 5 in front of their parents and families. Jacine Carter was named valedictorian with 10 credits, while Sidney Noisy Hawk and Jordan Carter were salutatorians with nine credits each.

Recipient of a “Champion for Children”award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is a special program for four to

12-year-olds at CRYP’s Main Youth Center in which participants may take a range of short courses that mimic those oered in a college setting.

For the fall 2009 semester, the youth participants could take Gardening 101 with Anne Hobbs on Mondays, Science and Engineering with Neil Stenhouse on Tuesdays, The Main’s Newspaper with Pippa Smart on Wednesdays and Astronomy with Vanessa Hoy on Thursdays.

“At Main University, we do fun activities, and at school, we do work,”said valedictorian Jacine Carter, who added, “I like it when we write down questions, and the volunteers answer our questions in the next class.”


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    University of Wisconsin Volunteers

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    DJ Hero Tournament

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    3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

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    Youth Center Basketball League

Practice Begins

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    Winter Coat and Blanket Distribution

Upcoming Events February

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    2nd Annual Fundraiser Games

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    Valentine’s Day Teen Karaoke

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    Valentine’s Day Youth Party

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    Gorilla Grams Fundraiser

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    Heat Assistance Program Begins


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    Alternative Spring Break Groups


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    Passion for Fashion Event

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    College Night Series Begins

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    Accelerated Main University

Courses Begin

Ghoul-A-Grams and Haunted Houses

Sleepover Celebrates Junior Volunteers

Once again, CRYP has gotten creative with its fundraising eorts. In the spirit of the Halloween season, volunteers dressed up in costume and traveled around the Eagle Butte community delivering “Ghoul-A- Gram”messages. The volunteers presented the Ghoul-A-Grams with a choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Long-term, community and teen volunteers also joined forces

with CRYP sta to create a one-of-a-kind Haunted House for all ages. It was our best yet, with more than 150 youth attending. We chose the Salem Witch Trials as our theme, and attractions included a tree with hanging bodies, a haunted forest, a graveyard and a black tunnel. The highlight was a movie made by volunteer Neil Stenhouse, which we projected on a screen at the beginning of the Haunted House to tell the back story and create a haunting atmosphere!

On Saturday, December 12, CRYP hosted its rst ever teen sleepover in celebration and appreciation of Junior volunteers.

The Junior Volunteer program, begun this past summer, enlists local teens to serve the youth project in various capacities including cleaning, meal preparation, planning and executing activities, and helping with younger children. Over 20 teens are a part of the program.

The program not only benets the center by lling in stang gaps, but also gives the teens a sense of responsibility and ownership of their facility as well as the chance to develop excellent job skills and references for the future.

The sleepover was open to all junior volunteers and included activities such as strategy games like “Maa,”relay races, movies, and video games.

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