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Eight months after attending their first RuralX, Shawn and Bryan Bietz have helped spark a whole new level of community camaraderie in Tripp. The couple attended RuralX as a way to help find new resources and information about rural economic and community development. Since then, the community has come together for the better, despite some unexpected challenges.
An example of this community togetherness can be found on the Tripp Action Group (TAG) Facebook page, which was created by Shawn after she returned from RuralX as a “positive space to share ideas, collaborate and implement some great things in our community.” Shawn and Bryan were inspired to start a community group at RuralX. They created a name, a logo and a Facebook page to help launch the group. Today, the TAG page has 200 followers, which is just a little less than … Read More »
Last summer, guests at RuralX were offered the opportunity to create an agenda of rural “hot topics” during a session called OpenX. Kelsey Doom, Wagner’s economic development director, brought up the topic of management training for rural employees.
Cheyenne McGriff, economic development director in Wall, was excited to take part in the session and share ideas.
“It was a conversation I was really interested in for the Wall community,” said Cheyenne. “I had conversations with managers in the past who desired this type of training for their current employees. I wanted to help provide an opportunity to empower community members by providing training and knowledge. Kelsey hosted a great session and I went back to Wall determined to take that conversation a step further.”
South Dakota Grants in Place is a cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative and Dakota Resources. Grants in Place provides a modest grant to rural teachers so they can engage with their students and community in place-based learning.
The Grants in Place program was implemented in South Dakota by Dakota Resources to connect rural teachers and students to their community through local projects. “Building the connections between rural schools and communities will help us ‘Get Better Together’”, says Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Learning Network Director.
Jim Beddow, former President of Dakota Wesleyan University and Board Chair for the Rural Schools Collaborative states, “We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns.”
The 2018-19 program will fund five rural place-based learning projects … Read More »
Story by Rural Schools Collaborative
In Kimball, South Dakota, students are helping their small town soar, thanks to a Rural Schools Collaborative Grants in Place project called “Growing Better Together,” which is funded by our partner, Dakota Resources with matching funds from individual donors and the Rural Schools Collaborative.
At Kimball School, computer science teacher Drew Gillogly is working with his multimedia classes to make a video featuring the town and highlighting its many assets. The project, called Sharing Kimball Awareness, partners students with the Kimball Economic Development group. This year, they’ve been working together on a unique project promoting the town of 703, while learning about new tools and technology they can carry with them into their careers.
Mr. Gillogly’s classes, along with local economic development coordinator, Anita Holan, are currently working on the production of community marketing videos. The videos are … Read More »
Last July, Shawn and Bryan Bietz of Tripp attended the Dakota Resources RuralX event as a way to help find new resources and information about rural economic and community development. The couple returned to Tripp fueled by motivation, which has led to numerous projects, events and connections with valuable outside resources.
“It’s amazing how one connection leads to another,” says Shawn. “Someone reaches out that is connected to someone else, and then things just fall together. Increased communication and new outlets for getting people involved have really brought some positives to our community. Those are things that were reinforced at RuralX as well.”
A few of the most recent positives in Tripp include involvement with the Healthy Hometown initiative sponsored by Wellmark and an Active Transportation Grant, which was awarded to Tripp for 2018.
“We were led to apply for the Active Transportation … Read More »