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18 Reynolds St.
East Norwalk, CT

Dedicated to building bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities.

Reservation Summer 2015

reservation | summer 2015 | volunteer accomplishments

...the worth of a person was not measured in the things he or she owned, but in the deeds done on behalf of others.
— Joseph M. Marshall III, "Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save a Modern World"

thank you!

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15 weeks, 75 days of camp, hundreds of meals & much more...

As volunteers, you brought boundless levels of creativity, enthusiasm, encouragement and compassion to the lives of the children and families that we serve on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

We made significant strides this summer to strengthen our connection to the La Plant community. You transformed the grounds of the Sam D. Horse Community Center and built a new playground and archery range. You raised the walls to a safe, secure home. You worked with the children to plant seeds and support the first La Plant farm stand.

You've helped to foster an environment that deepens the level of trust between Simply Smiles and the La Plant community and more acutely define where help is needed most. 

Scroll over to look back on the moments, and, truly, milestones of the 2015 Reservation volunteer season:

A youth-led 3x3 basketball tournament!

A new archery range!

A special field trip to the movies!

A new bison art installation dots the landscape!

being there. making friends. being present.

Showing off the harvest in the garden!

Many creative, educational days of camp!

Nurturing health and confidence in Cooking Class!

Increased production in the garden with new raised beds and enclosing the high tunnel!

The kids' first farmstand! 

A fruitful indoor hydroponics unit!

Working toward year-round growing with new end wall enclosures!

A native foods walking tour!

A thriving Book Club!

CPR classes with EMT Olivia Stone!

Youth leadership programming and mentorships.

Celebrating and passing on Lakota culture to the next generation!

Building community through three town-wide meals per week!

Working with Elvis and Renessa to build their new home!

New sheds to hold wood pellets to keep homes warm!

Hosting the second annual Roland Roach Horseshoe Challenge!

Trips to the Missouri River!

Climb On! A rock wall allows kids to push their physical limits...and have fun!

Walk On! Making strides toward better health and a longer life!

you made this happen! you are simply smiles. thANK YOU!

savor the memories of this summer

Read the blog to reminisce about your experiences on the Reservation and the insights of your peers!

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Inspired to volunteer? Want to join us again? Find available volunteer weeks on the Reservation in 2016! You can also reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator here!