A three year educational pilot program that pays for local children to go to pre-school is celebrating a successful first year.
Starting Strong provides support for children of low income families to go to pre-school so they are more likely to excel once they reach Kindergarten.
At a fundraiser breakfast Wednesday morning in Rapid City, to highlight the programs success children from Fit 'n Fun Preschool showed what they learned through the program.
Former South Dakota Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was the keynote speaker for the event, and says preparing kids for school pays off in the long run.
" It's very important for us to be able to share with the community what this program is and why it's making a difference, why the investment is worthwhile, and really to bring people together. And really start serving children across the Rapid City community," says Herseth Sandlin.
Herseth Sandlin says for every dollar invested by the community in the program, seven are returned.