Spring Break Mission Trip To Montana

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This photo shows students in the classroom. We will be helping these students while we are at De LaSalle Blackfeet.

Myles Lieberman

This Spring Break, students are going to the Blackfoot Indian reservation in Browning, Montana. Students are going to work at De La Salle Blackfeet School. Director of Campus Ministry, Jerri Berna is organizing the trip. This will be the second time Bishop Kelley visits De La Salle Blackfeet. The reasoning behind this visit is because the poverty level is very high. 

The poverty rate in Browning is 39% which is 160% higher than the national average. This is a great opportunity for the school to help out. Students will be helping out kids in classrooms. They will be tutoring them and hanging out with them. The school always goes to a LaSallian Ministry During Spring Break, also there has to be a willingness for them to have us because we will be putting in work. 

De La Salle Blackfeet often has groups of people help them. It is booked 2 years in advance to visit. The school pays to stay at the school. They have a bunkhouse where  students can stay. 

“They are going to make a little bit of money from us that will help them out with utilities,” Berna said.

It is a 2 day drive to Montana.

“For the first couple hours on the road, all the kids are talking about is how bad they feel for them,” Berna said.

The kids don’t see themselves as poor, we see them as poor. They are happy kids and they are grateful to attend their school.