By Barrett Phillips
With loss of Title 1 funds, third graders from Black Hawk Elementary embraced a fund raising opportunity last fall to find a way to pay for the 'Time For Students' reading magazine.
If successful, their principal agreed to hold a large snake during the end of the year assembly.
Holly Yamada, Principal of Black Hawk Elementary, had to hold-up her end of the bargain and get up-close and personal with a slithery snake.
"Doing something exciting like that brings out the excitement in them and their passion for bringing in reading materials for the school. I think is a fantastic thing. The kids were very excited today," said Yamada.
Also Wednesday, Black Hawk Elementary received $4,000 from Rapid City's Colonial House.
They were given proceeds from the restaurant's "Civic Monday" campaign. The funding comes from a promotion that subtracts $2 from every guests' check when they wear a shirt bearing a local civic organization.
The children asked for the grant to fund a Xylophone program. It will help purchase additional Xylophones and rehabilitate instruments in despair.