26 Jun 2005

Seven CHS Students Participate in Mission Trip in Klagetoh, Arizona

Seven CHS students traveled to Saint Anne’s Mission in Klagetoh, Arizona on June 12 ‘ 19 along with students from St. Joseph’s Academy. CHS students participating in the mission trip were Drew Copponex ’06, James West ’06, Michael Mohr ’06, Mark Primeaux ’07, John Steitz ’07, Connor Hitt ’07 and Stephen Richard ’06. The group of students spent their time there assisting the Navajo people in and around the communities of Klagetoh and Wide Ruins.
During their time in Klagetoh, students taught Bible school to over 50 Navajo children through Bible study, arts and crafts, music and sports activities. The group of students also assisted in the building of a room for a family preparing for the adoption of their seventh child.
The mission trip to Klagetoh also provided an educational experience for this group of students as they experienced the Navajo culture through a hike of the sacred Canyon De Chelley as well as participated in a sweat lodge purification ceremony. They also traveled to a facility for the mentally handicapped, singing songs and playing bingo with the residents. In Gallop, New Mexico, the students participated in a native tribal dancing ceremony.
Chaperones were SJA Campus Minister Crystal Eldringhoff, religion teacher Kendal Balkom and English teacher Karen Douet; and CHS Campus Minister Tom Eldringhoff and religion teacher Jeff Nola.