Posted on June 8, 2017

Paula Jensen
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Rural South Dakota | JUNE 08, 2017 | The 2017-18 Grants in Place program is a national cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative, partner organizations and committed donors. This year’s 36 funded projects were selected from more than 125 applications and will serve as many as 46 communities in 12 states. View all national grantees.

More than twenty funders and individual donors came together to invest $137,000 in rural place-based education initiatives and projects in rural America. The groundbreaking work of the Community Foundation of the OzarksRural Schools Partnership certainly led the way, but other organizations and funders, like Dakota Resources, clearly recognize the importance of supporting community-based student learning that serves a public purpose.

South Dakota’s Growing Together Better funding was provided by Dakota Resources, Jim Beddow and Mike Knutson with matching support from the Rural Schools Collaborative. Six projects were funded in South Dakota with a community/economic development focus. The South Dakota grantees are as follows:

Altall School, Missy Urbaniak, $400, A History of our Area, grant focus will be on the history of Atall 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 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 partners 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) students 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.

We hope you will join us in our ongoing efforts to enlist additional funders and create more place-based opportunities for rural teachers and their students. Find our more about how you can get involved by contacting us at (605) 978-2804 or visit the website http://ruralschoolscollaborative.org/get-involved.

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