Grants In Place


SD ‘Grants in Place’ Program Connects Students to Community.

The 2017-18 Grants in Place program is a cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative, partner organizations and committed donors. This year’s funding will support 35 projects serving as many as 45 communities in 11 states.

Funding for these South Dakota programs provided by Dakota Resources, Jim Beddow and Mike Knutson with matching support from the Rural Schools Collaborative. Five of these projects were in conjunction with the Dakota Resources-sponsored Growing Together Better and have a community/economic development focus.

Altall School, Missy Urbaniak, $400, A History of our Area: The grant focus will be on the history of Altall School and the communities of Fairpoint and Chalk Butte. Students will conduct interviews of neighbors and family members, as well as take small field trips to the Stoneville School Museum and Sturgis Public Library. Copies of books on local history will also be purchased to aid in the students’ research. Eureka School District, Kaci Vander Vorst, $1,000: This grant project will work with Eureka Community Development (ECDC) to provide students with the opportunity to promote Eureka School and the community in a positive way by using multimedia, audio and visual broadcasting elements.

Kimball School, Drew Gillogy, $1,000, Sharing Kimball Awareness: Kimball School and Kimball Economic Development will work together on promoting the town of Kimball. A drone will be purchased and the Kimball School multimedia classes will make a video featuring the town! The multimedia class will incorporate into their curriculum of learning how to use the different technology of recording, putting music in the background of a video, and making a video.

Leola Public School, Bev Myer, $1,000, Living and Learning in Leola: is a student-driven school-based research and service learning effort powered by the Leola Public Schools, in collaboration with the City of Leola and Leola Development Corporation.

McIntosh High School, La Kisha Jordan, $1,000, Cooking Live! A student-centered effort that will partner with local businesses to promote local foods and how to prepare them in a healthy, delicious and nutritious manner.

Redfield Public School, Lee Ann Wasmoen, $1,000, Engage Today, Build for Tomorrow: Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group will partner with the Redfield Empower Group in the distribution of a community survey designed to gather ideas on how to strengthen our community. Students will also be involved in collecting the data and developing a long-range plan to make our community a better, safer and healthier place to live.

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