Pierre’s Learn to Earn gets $12,000

Round 1 of the South Dakota Community Foundation 2021 Community Innovation Grant program came to a close and Pierre’s Learn to Earn received $12,000.

Fourteen nonprofits around the state will receive grant awards. The grant program supports community challenges across the state.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation received sixty-three applications in Round 1 and selected these 14 nonprofits to implement inclusive, collaborative and resourceful solutions that will benefit all our state’s citizens,” Senior Program Officer Ginger Niemann said. “Round 1 resulted in $204,830 being distributed among the selected grantees.”

The Dakota Wesleyan University’s Learn & Earn Program was the lone Central South Dakota awardee.

The program offers a hands-on real-world simulation that can be completed in 16 consecutive months. There are no tests, papers or traditional grades. After the first four months, the student works in their paid internships two days a week, while earning professional credentials. After eight months, the internship increases to three days a week, with the student spending two days at Capital City Campus.

Students receive laptops for work and on campus. Dakota Wesleyan University partnered with the Pierre Economic Development Corporation, the Capital City Campus, BankWest and others to develop this program.

Library carnival draws crowd

The friends of the Rawlins Library sponsored the community carnival on June 5 got kids and adults interested in the library’s upcoming summer reading program.

“The kick-off was highly successful,” Library Director Robin Schrupp said. “It was hot out, but we had a great crowd, all anxious to do something family-oriented with their children. We estimated between 250-260 people in attendance.”

The Pierre Fire Department showed up to display one of its trucks for the kids to explore, and some of its equipment. The local Coca-Cola company donated the pop for the ring toss game.

“Another shout out goes to the amazing Friends of the Rawlins Library group for sponsoring this event and for helping out at the carnival,” Schrupp said.

The event was free, but donations were encouraged.

The carnival’s events games — with prizes — included cake-walk, bean bag toss, pick-a-duck and pop ring-toss. Each child received tickets for the carnival games. Other items included food, temporary tattoos, book sale $1, ice cream bars $1 and two StoryWalks — “Dog’s Colorful Day” & “Sheep Take a Hike.”

“So far we have 155 registered for the children/teens programs, and roughly 25 for the adult reading program at this point,” Schrupp said. “We will accept registrations throughout the summer in all age groups, but the program begins officially today (June 7), and there is weekly programming, prizes, events, etc. so the sooner they jump on the better.”

The pre-kindergarten through teens Summer Reading Program “Tails & Tales,” is June 7 through July 30, starting at 1 p.m. each day. Mondays — sixth- through 12th-graders; Tuesdays — pre-kindergarten through first-graders; Wednesdays — second- through third-graders; Thursdays — fourth- through fifth-graders. Activities include origami, chalk art, birdseed ornaments, rock painting, animal and dinosaur identification, bear ‘hunts’, animal shadow drawing, paper plate snails and snakes, feed the ‘turkey’, giraffe kid craft, and more. Register at www.rawlinslibrary.org or call 773-7421.

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