ContainIt is continuing to "think inside the box" with its newest project: a coffee house container. The students wanted to go beyond just building functional living spaces on the reservation. They wanted to help promote sustainability and create jobs. The transformed coffee house container was delivered to the reservation earlier this month.
Think Inside the Box
Fewer than 40,000 Lakota Indians live on the more than 2-million acre Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The reservation is plagued by poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. The school drop-out rate, infant mortality, and teenage suicide rate is far higher than the U.S. national average. The mobile homes and trailers are overcrowded, with many homes housing more than fifteen people.
In 2014 a group of CDS students and teachers travelled to Pine Ridge Reservation to see how Covenant Day could help make an impact. Their experience was eye-opening as they were constantly reminded of the power of prayer and that although they are more than 1,500 miles away, they can make a difference in the lives of others.
What is ContainIt?
In the summer of 2014, the ContainIt team began working on transforming a used shipping container into dormitory space to provide a refuge for youth on the reservation. Covenant Day interior design and art students supported the ContainIt team providing the planning, drafting, specifying, procuring, and installation of furnishings and materials. In December 2015, ContainIt’s first transformed shipping container was delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation, just in time to provide shelter during the harsh winters. Since that first trip, Covenant Day has delivered three additional containers to the reservation.
2015: ContainIt delivered a 20' that included 3 beds and a student workspace
2017: ContainIt delivered three 40' containers. These made up a family unit with a bath/kitchen combo and a singles unit with a bath/kitchen combo.
2018: ContainIt delivered a coffee house container.
In May 2018, Covenant Day delivered a coffee house container to Pine Ridge Reservations in an effort to foster sustainability and create jobs on the reservation. Click here to learn more.
Student WebsiteVisit www.containit.org, a website created by students on the ContainIt team.
Make a Gift
If you would like to make a gift to ContainIt, please contact the CDS Development Office at 704-814-1017.
Click here to explore other restoration and sustainability initiatives at Covenant Day School.
ContainIt has benefited from its partnership with general contractor Edifice, Inc. for several years. In addition to a long-term financial commitment to the project, Edifice has made an impact by mentoring students. Edifice Superintendent Andy Simmons is actively involved in the project and has not only provided industry knowledge and expertise, but has traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation with the team. Click here to read more.