Eureka students create multimedia masterpieces

Posted on October 25, 2017

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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.

The grant award was presented by South Dakotans Jim Beddow and Mike Knutson. Beddow, of Sioux Falls, serves as board chair for Rural Schools Collaborative, and is the former president of Dakota Wesleyan University. Knutson is a Dakota Resources community coach and president of MAK(e) Strategies.

“Vander Vorst and her students are doing a great job with this project,” said Beddow after his visit to Eureka. “It is always exciting for us to learn about how the students are engaging with the community.”

The Rural Schools Collaborative is a national organization that was launched in 2015. RSC believes that rural schools and communities get better together, and its work centers around place-based engagement, rural philanthropy and the development of teacher leaders.

Dakota Resources is a South Dakota nonprofit that stimulates financial and human investments in communities that are invested in themselves.

The 2017 Grants in Place program included more than twenty funders and individual donors who came together to invest $135,000 in rural place-based student-centered projects. Funding was provided for 35 projects serving 45 communities in 11 different states.




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