UND Center for Community Engagement

Grace-Day 5

In Students' Reflections on March 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

It’s Friday! I am thoroughly exhausted after such a long and exciting week. We ended our trip at Cankdeska Cikana Community College. Here we met up with their student government and were able to tour the college and be served a fabulous lunch. The tour gave us the opportunity to view the environment of their school and what types of courses are offered.

One area, which, I was really impressed by, was their child care facility. Cankdeska Cikana Community College has an Early Childhood Education program with a preschool and daycare area located within the building. The child care classrooms had all been re-modeled and decorated in a modern fashion. Everything was clean and organized for the children; it would definitely be an environment I would be happy to work at.

Today was a bit shorter, but I was still able to see the connections the college made towards the community. Cankdeska had many classes focused on Native American culture, to keep the beliefs and practices alive within their town. By offering classes, which centralize around the people who attend the school, creates an environment where students feel wanted and promotes their initiative to learn.

I have learned more than I could have imagined on this trip. From the first day when I was apprehensive about going, to today, I have really had so much fun. If this trip is offered again next year, I encourage students to go. Of course, it does not sound too appealing at first, but once you are able to meet the people from these small towns and feel their warmth and appreciation for visiting, it becomes totally worthwhile.

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