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South Middle School receives $1,000,000 grant

The school receives a one million dollar grant.
The school receives a one million dollar grant.(KOTA)
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:15 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Five out-of-school-time programs are receiving funding through a 21st century Community Learning Center grant funneled through the Department of Education.

One of the five grants will take shape in the form of a little over one million dollars, and go to Rapid City’s own South Middle School.

The programs are for after school or summer school clubs... providing group oriented skills for students leaving... or coming to South Middle School.

The funding will also give after school support to students struggling with math, science and reading.

Similar grants have seen success in the Belle Fourche school district... and parts of this Rapid City grant are modeled after those successes.

There have been over 30 letters of collaboration written by various community partners. According to the Deputy Executive Director of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, Dr. Pam Lange, they believe the additional funding will greatly benefit South Middle School students.

”The other great piece about this project is that we will utilize teachers within the school that will also help in transition into the after school and summer school. So, the kiddos who are building and developing those relationships will be able to carry those relationships into the after school and summer school setting as well,” says Dr. Lange, “Which is a key factor in this type of a program.”

Fifth grade students will be offered a chance to take part in a summer camp before the school year starts to ease their transition into the middle school. The same opportunity will be offered to eighth graders as they enter into different high schools.

Rapid City Schools have seen grants for over 20 years. However, elementary schools are usually the ones receiving them. This one million dollar grant is the first of its kind for a middle school, and will provide these tools to South Middle School for five years.

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