Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation receives $ 250,000 donation from T. Denny Sanford


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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO.com) – A donation of $ 250,000 to the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation was recently made by T. Denny Sanford.

The donation will support and enhance the group’s four programs, which will have a positive impact on the 24,000 students and 1,800 teachers in the Sioux Falls School District.

Allison Struck, Executive Director of the Education Foundation, said, “This generous investment will help us attract and retain the best educators in the state.”

The full Education Foundation press release is available below.

Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation

A donation of $ 250,000 to the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation will improve the
the organization’s programs for students and staff of the Sioux Falls School District.

Local philanthropist Mr. Denny Sanford
makes the donation, and the donation will support four programs: Public School Pride Grants, New Teacher Grants,
Student Success Fund and Educational Foundation Endowment.

With this donation, $ 100,000 will be used for the Public School Pride Grants.

Any teacher in the district can request up to
$ 10,000 per year to purchase creative and inventive material that provides students with practical and immersive opportunities in the
Classroom. Educators used grants to purchase 3D printers, musical instruments, robots, garden grow kits, artwork
supplies, yoga mats, drones, sensory trails, virtual reality headsets, cardio-battery equipment, English games
language learners, and more.

An additional $ 50,000 will be used to support grants for new teachers.

All first year teachers receive a $ 200 scholarship
Educational Foundation grant to purchase bulletin board materials, posters, organization kits, classroom sets of
books, badges, dry erase markers, flexible seating and student snacks.

At the start of the 2021-2022 school year,
the Education Foundation awarded 79 scholarships for the first time.

The final sum of $ 100,000 will be divided equally between the Student Success Fund and the Educational Foundation endowment.
Student Success Fund helps school social workers connect families in crisis with personal hygiene
products, emergency food aid, winter clothing, bed bug cream and lice shampoo, laundry detergent, shoes and
school supplies.

The Education Foundation also provides city bus passes for high school students who do not have reliable transportation.
and GED scholarships for students who cannot afford the fees.

The remaining $ 50,000 will help improve education
Foundation endowment managed by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

“This generous investment in the Education Foundation will help us attract and retain the best educators in the state,”
said Allison Struck, executive director of the Educational Foundation. “We want to celebrate these teachers who are
dreaming big to give students opportunities that many would not otherwise have.


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