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Published on April 14th, 2014 | by SMUMN

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Student SOUL mission trip reflections

Browning, Montana

by Luke Kubic Cardinal Contributor
Cardinal student newspaper

Over spring break, I went on the S.O.U.L. trip to Browning, Mont. to work at the De La Salle School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

CAPTION: Students who went on the S.O.U.L. trip to Montana.

At the school, our group worked with kids in grades 4-8, providing them with additional help in subjects that they were struggling with. At first, the kids were hesitant to open up to people that they had never met before, but they really opened up after the first day. It was a joy to get to know the kids, but it made it that much harder to say goodbye when it was time for us to leave.

When we were not working at the school, we were learning about the history of the Blackfeet or touring the city. We also got the opportunity to climb the Buffalo Jumps and snowshoe through Glacier National Park. Along our three-mile-hike through the 31 inches of snow, our tour guides would stop periodically to teach us about the park and the animals that lived there.

Working at the school and hiking through Glacier National Park were both great experiences, but this trip would not have been the same if it hadn’t been for the group I was with. I hardly knew anyone on this trip beforehand, but now I consider everyone in our group to be a friend. Before this trip, I was skeptical about giving up my spring break. But after this experience, I’m 100% sure that I made the right decision! To anyone who is considering going on a S.O.U.L. trip: Do it! You won’t regret it!

St. Louis, Missouri

by Nicky Becher, Cardinal Contributor
Cardinal student newspaper

Students repairing a buildingThis past spring break I was fortunate to take part in a SOUL trip to St. Louis with an outstanding group of people. We got to know each other very well on the trip, thanks in part to the fact that our living quarters contained one bathroom for 19 people, and we shared many fun and exciting experiences.

Throughout the week we worked on one house in North St. Louis that was part of a program called the Solomon Project. The idea of this project is to renovate abandoned houses and turn them into safe homes. Everyone enjoyed working on the house and seeing the progress we were making, but a highlight of the trip for many of us was the time we spent with a woman named Toni. Toni and her family currently live in a Solomon Project house and were generous enough to visit and share their story of difficulties and triumphs. Each of us took away different things from their story, but I think I can safely say that Toni and her family made an impression on all of us.

On another evening, after working on the house, we visited Christian Brothers College High School. We met some faculty and students who showed us around their beautiful school. It was nice to spend time with other students who are dedicated to fol- lowing La Salle’s mission.

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