Around the region: Plankinton, White Lake and Wessington Springs
SCHOOL RECEIVES ENGLISH LEARNERS PROGRAM GRANT: The Plankinton School was awarded a $30,000 grant to help English learners reach state academic standards and become proficient in the english language. The grant, provided by the Federal Title III Program, was awarded to the school specifically because of the large immigrant student population the school serves. The school plans to establish a committee to review state guidelines and decide the best use of the money to enhance the school’s English Learners (EL) program. The grant cannot be used on existing EL program activities or personnel, but instead used in new ways to better the program.
— The South Dakota Mail
HONORING VIETNAM VETERANS: Local Vietnam veterans were finally given a proper welcome home event on July 13 at the White Lake School. After receiving no recognition or welcome home after returning from the war, John and Kris Kieffer organized the July 13 event to show the community’s appreciation for the veterans’ sacrifice and give local veterans a chance to share stories of their tour. Over 150 people and 20 Vietnam veterans attended the event. During the event, Ron “Ernie” Boetscher was recognized for the three purple hearts he received during his missions. In total, the community has 62 Vietnam veterans with 45 still living.
— The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun
COUNTRY ARTIST PERFORMS IN SPRINGS: Wessington Springs will welcome country artist Lacy J. Dalton at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the Prairie Lounge and American Legion. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20, and on the day for $30. From performing at a truck stop to the big stage, Dalton’s goal has always been to entertain and encourage audiences to feel the emotion of her songs. In 1979, she was named Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist of the Year and her signature song, “16th Avenue,” was named one of the “Country's Top 100 Songs Ever by the Billboard Magazine.”
— True Dakotan