Pine Ridge | Friday 6/17/16 | Departure

This is our final day. Many of the student decided to sleep outside under the stars on top of the hill. It was a very nice night until the winds kicked up around 5:30am. That got them all up and back into Shelem to begin packing. We have short breakfast and final gathering of acknowledgments and gratitudes. We prayed the Sacred Heart School Prayer and the cell phones were given back. The students wrote messages to themselves when they gave up their phones. Here are a few of them:

  • “I think being without my phone will be liberating. Giving myself the space to disconnect is important because it allows me the space to grow and focus on what I am doing.” ~Julian
  • “Life without your phone will be exactly the same. It will maybe be better.” ~Juliana
  • “You will be able to connect more with people without having to worry about insta or SC. You will survive.” ~Jaycee
  • “I think I’ll be great without my phone. The only hard part is that I won’t be able to access my parents. But other than that everything should be perfectly fine.” ~Ella
  • “You survived six days without a phone. Congrats!” ~Matt
  • “You can survive without a phone.” ~Maisie
  • “You conquered six days without electronics, hooray! You have lived a simple life. Getting away from electronics improves life.” ~Skyler

We stopped in the deserted town of Scenic as we made our way to the Rapid City  Airport. At the airport, we said our “goodbyes”. All went well and the students departed for home.