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Rapid City School District works to break down learning barriers like poverty

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Rapid City School District administrators is working with community organizations to help students become more engage in school by addressing issues like poverty. 

At a news conference Monday morning, Dr. Tim Mitchell, superintendent of the Rapid City School District, laid out a list of goals for a student success task force that recently formed it includes: reviewing programs and staffing, profiling students who may be at risk of disengaging during the school day and engaging community partners to help.

Community partners like the United Way of the Black Hills are funding school food programs like the Backpack Program. Renee Parker, executive director of the United Way, says they fund various children related organizations. "About 48 percent of the money people give to United Way helps kids in one way or another."

Dr. Mitchell says the United Way is a bridge to many of the services that combat poverty in the community. "If we can build those bridges to get them to high school so they can be contributor versus not contributing to the economy of the community," said Mitchell. 

Dr. Mitchell says the schools can't do it alone. The school district and its partners like the United Way, the Rapid City School Foundation and the John T. Vucurevich  Foundation, working together he says he hopes will lead to success. "It's about all the community bringing all the resources to the table in a collaborative way," said Mitchell. 

One outreach effort the school district and the John T. Vucurevich foundation is partnering on is bringing in a key note speaker Dr. Donna Beegle. She will speak about the many faces of poverty on April 28th, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center at 10 am. 

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