November 30, 2017
My in-laws have decided it’s time to make a move. It’s just the two of them and a small dog in their spacious 3 bed, 2 ½ bath home on a corner lot. They’ve made a decision that a lot of people in their generation are making. They are ready to downsize to a townhome. When I first started selling homes here in Sioux Falls, that’s exactly what townhomes were – the first step of retirement housing in that gradual journey to the nursing home. Now let me be clear – in no way am I implying that my in-laws are that old. I’m just sharing why they made the choice they have…… I mean…….uh, anyway…….. While this is still the case for some people, the typical townhome buyer is changing.
If you are dreaming of your very own single-family, stand-alone home with the white picket fence, you may want to rethink that regardless of your distance from the nursing home. Read the rest of this entry »
November 17, 2017
Who doesn’t love an acrostic poem? For those of you who don’t remember what that is, it is when the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase. This is a great activity for kid’s and will get them writing in a fun way! In honor of Thanksgiving and reflecting on things that we at LSS Mentoring are thankful for, here is our poem:
The most dedicated staff
Hundreds of volunteers
Amazing funding, school, corporate and nonprofit partners
Nice offices, facilities and equipment that allow us to do our work
Kind words spoken to kids and older adults who need them
Students that love their mentors and older adult neighbors that love their volunteers!
November 16, 2017
As I pondered writing a blog that could address both Adoption Awareness Month AND Thanksgiving, I wasn’t sure where to start, until I was talking to a friend about the latest episode of the TV series, This is Us, and she asked me, “How old were you when you were first told you were adopted?” Wow! First, the answer is that I don’t remember, I just always knew. Second, I am so very thankful that I don’t remember! Read the rest of this entry »
November 2, 2017
Cheesy as it may be, it’s a tradition. Sometime in the next two months you will hear it. “IIIII’m dreaming……… of a whiiiiiite… Christmas….” Come on now, everybody loves a little Bing Crosby at Christmas. As sentimental as a white Christmas may be, there are a lot of people dreaming of a black Christmas too…… or rather, a Christmas in the black.
I think most of us dream of making Christmas magical for those around us. There are a lot of ways to do that. It could be anything from waking Christmas morning to find stockings stuffed and a new toy train going around the Christmas tree to a new tradition of Christmas on a warm, sandy beach under a palm tree. Either way or any in between, it’s probably going to cost you. Read the rest of this entry »
November 1, 2017
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a mentor? Please consider trying it this month! This November, LSS will host two “Try-It” sessions. Events will be held on Monday, November 13 from 11-12 at Laura Wilder Elementary and on November 15 from 12-1 at Eugene Field Elementary.
Potential mentors are invited to attend a session where they will complete a project and eat lunch with students who are waiting for a mentor. The event is a sample of what a volunteer would do should they choose to apply to become a mentor with the LSS Everyday Heroes Mentor Program before committing fully to the program. Volunteers attending this event do not need to meet with the student they meet at the event or volunteer at the school where the event is help. If you are interested in attending, please have contact LSS at Mentoring@LssSD.org or 605-221-2403. RSVPs are due November 10.