The accompanying essay was read at a recent school Mass by Shelrae, a St. Labre sixth grader. She speculates that some of her success at the school goes back to when she entered pre-school at age two. Normally, she would have been in the daycare program, but she says in those days students were tested and could be admitted early if their score was high enough.
“I don’t remember too much about that time except that I was in the same class as my brother who is two years older than I am,” she laughs. “He might not have liked that.”
What would appear to be a long St. Labre pedigree is anything but: Shelrae would change schools at least three times over the next few years as her family moved from place to place. “But now,” she says, “I plan to stay here. I live with my Grandma and she doesn’t move around.”
When asked about her favorite subject, she is quick to identify the Cheyenne language class. Her extra-curricular activities are limited to basketball, which she plays with verve. “I play at school, but every weekend my cousins and I play a lot at home, too.”
We expect Shelrae has many more basketball games to play at St. Labre as she pursues her education here, an education, which she greatly appreciates.