On August 17 and 18, Cheyenne River families visited CRYP’s Čhokáta Wičhóni (Life Center) in Eagle Butte for the non-profit organization’s annual school supply distribution. During this two-day event, open to members of the CRYP Family Services program, nearly 200 children received all the materials they needed to start the new school year.
Over the next two weeks, CRYP staff worked closely with schools on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to distribute more school supplies. According to program manager Jerica Widow, the youth project is able to serve an additional 179 children in this way.
“We’ve worked hard over the past few years to build sturdy K-12 supply kits,” Widow said. “We are deeply grateful to UMCOR and all the donors who made this year’s distribution possible. Whether you sponsored a child, made a contribution through our Amazon wishlist, or sent a personalized donation, you’ve helped nearly 500 children on our reserve be ready for the first day of school. Philámayeye.
The annual school supply drive is a major component of Family Services, which was established in 2002. This important CRYP initiative provides access to school supplies, shoes, winter clothing, household supplies, babies and the long duration of Wo Otuh’an Wi Collecting toys during the holiday season.