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STUDENTS ENJOY THE SPICE OF LIFE IN SOUTH DAKOTA THANKS TO GRANTS IN PLACE
Reposted from http://ruralschoolscollaborative.org
We love to hear about the progress of our Grants in Place across the country – and this fall we are getting some fantastic stories from the Dakotas, where RSC and Dakota Resources have partnered in the “Growing Better Together” Grants in Place program.
In McIntosh, South Dakota, LaKisha Jordan, family and consumer science teacher at McIntosh High School, has led a student-centered effort in her classroom that promotes local foods and how to prepare them in a healthy, delicious and nutritious manner.
She and her students have titled the initiative, Unboxed! which aims to encourage and educate students and families about the benefits of local food sources. The program is summarized on the home page of the website (shown at right):
“Home … Read More »
Showcasing and celebrating school, community, and business
Students are building bridges while getting creative in their school MakerSpace
Eureka, SD — October 2017
The Rural Schools Collaborative and Dakota Resources are proud to collaborate on the Growing Better Together grant program, which is a part of RSC’s national “Grants in Place” initiative. The two organizations awarded Kaci Vander Vorst, Computer Studies teacher at Eureka School District, a $1,000 grant award for a student-led multimedia project promoting the Eureka School District and community.
Ms. Vander Vorst’s students collaborated with Eureka Community Development to use multimedia, audio, and visual broadcasting to develop messaging that highlights the assets of both the community and the school district itself.
SHCRI announces three options
HOT SPRINGS – Following a Community Engagement Gathering on Jan. 24, 2016, and after months of research and clarifying the need for a Recreation Center in Hot Springs, the Southern Hills Community Recreation Initiative (SHCRI) recently announced that they have three viable options, which were attained through public input.
Partnering with Southern Hills Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO), a community ice-cream social was held last month on Sept. 24 to determine which option was best for Hot Springs.
The three options include:
1. Build onto the Mueller Center, which encompasses building a second gymnasium, walking track, an’ L’ shaped lap pool with diving boards. This would be a good fit, according to a press release from SHCRI, because of the amenities. For example the Mueller Center has a full kitchen, and meeting rooms. When the Mueller Center was built, there … Read More »
Armed with community feedback, business surveys, business planning assistance from the Centerville Development Corporation, and a desire for more dining options in Centerville, a core team of people in the community were able to identify, approach and encourage a local entrepreneur to open a restaurant in the town’s recently vacated cafe.
Maria Martinez had moved to Centerville with her husband Juan after he took a position at a local dairy operation, and a lot of people knew about her culinary talents and restaurant experience. Maria opened “Maria’s Restaurant” on September 28, 2017, to a packed house and rave reviews.
Some of Centerville’s local business men and women were among the first able to try the food. Chamber of Commerce and Rotary members, volunteer firemen, along with a City Council member all joined other various local employees from businesses in Centerville for the … Read More »
The Tripp Action Group (TAG) formed after RuralX as a way to help bring the community together and enhance the quality of life in Tripp. Since then, the group—informally led by Bryan and Shawn Bietz–has been busy with a list of community events and projects that continues to grow. We are following the group over the next year with updates in the Rural Xchange. Here are the highlights since your last issue:
A kickball tournament/fundraiser was held September 29 and raised over $1100 not including tee shirt sales.
A home was nominated for a volunteer clean-up project and a group of ambitious volunteers (including several youth) came together on October 15 to do a little yard makeover. The results are awesome (see photos below)!
There is a community can collection being done as an additional TAG fundraiser.
Community members are coming together to … Read More »