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Now is a good time to help public schools in Sioux Falls

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Community

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Cash for Classrooms

SDN Communications has a special interest in helping education. The company’s support of the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation is among the evidence documenting SDN’s strong belief in the importance of good schools.

SDN contributes $6,000 annually to the nonprofit organization, which strives to improve educational opportunities for students. Money raised from SDN and other business and individual donors is used for educational programs not funded by taxpayers.

The Education Foundation boosts educational opportunities for students by awarding grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects. The organization also awards grants to help first-time teachers buy school supplies.

In addition to cash contributions, SDN donates manpower to the organization. Vernon Brown, vice president of marketing and member relations for SDN, serves on the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors.

SDN provides Internet service to nearly every kindergarten through 12th grade school in South Dakota, so education is a natural cause for the company to support, Brown says. And with SDN’s headquarters and heaviest concentration of employees based in Sioux Falls, supporting the community’s school system make sense.

”We live here. We work here. And many of us send our children to the Sioux Falls school system,” Brown says. “It’s an important part of our community to support.”

Dr. Brian Maher, who is Sioux Falls’ new superintendent of schools, and civic leader Dana Dykhouse, the CEO of First PREMIER Bank, helped bring attention to the important role that the Education Foundation plays in the community. They spoke Aug. 25 at the Education Foundation’s second annual Innovation in Education Breakfast.

First PREMIER Bank and its sister business, PREMIER Bankcard, also are strong corporate supporters of the Education Foundation. So is The First National Bank in Sioux Falls.

Maher suggested at the Innovation in Education Breakfast that the Sioux Falls School District and the Education Foundation might be able to work closer together in the future. That’s a collaboration that potentially could be of great benefit to the entire community.

In the meantime, the Education Foundation will keep pursuing its mission, which is to enhance educational opportunities and promote achievement among all students by supporting academic projects and activities not funded by tax dollars.

Anyone can help by making a contribution. An easy way to help right now is to buy a raffle ticket for the 2015 Cash for Classrooms Raffle.

Tickets cost $10 apiece or three for $20. The raffle will pay out two top prizes of $2,500 and a total of $10,000 in cash prizes. Winners will be randomly selected during the halftime of each of two Presidents’ Bowl high school football games on Sept. 12 at Howard Wood Field. Ticket-owners do not have to be present to win.

Tickets may be purchased by emailing the Education Foundation or through members of the Education Foundation Board (including Brown, just email him

You can get details on making other types of donations on the Education Foundation’s website. Businesses and individuals with questions about donation options also may call the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation at 605-336-7055.

As Amy Scott-Stoltz, who chairs the Education Foundation, said at the breakfast, the organization has a lot of momentum going and wants to keep it going. Corporate donors such as SDN are a big part of the organization’s success and future.