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Deputy Secretary Mary Stadick Smith gives a brief synopsis of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s proposals for education funding in FY14.

South Dakota represented on Nutrition Association’s National Board of Directors
South Dakota now has representation on the School Nutrition Association’s National Board of Directors. Brandon Valley School District Food Services Director Gay Anderson was voted in as the board’s Education Committee Chair during SNA’s 2012 elections. For more information, visit the School Nutrition Association website.

Rapid City teacher presented with $25,000 Milken Award
Congratulations to Alayna Siemonsma! The fourth-grade teacher and literacy leader at South Park Elementary School in Rapid City received the surprise of a lifetime last month when she was presented with a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. The award, which comes with an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000, was bestowed upon her during a school assembly.

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Planning a visit to Pierre? Consider the Cultural Heritage Center

Bringing a group of students to Pierre to see the State Legislature in action? Make a stop at the museum in the Cultural Heritage Center a part of your day. The museum features The South Dakota Experience, covering the history of the state from its earliest inhabitants to present day. The Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota culture, stories of explorers, settlers and statesmen – find it all in the museum. Click here to see highlights from the exhibit.

In the changing gallery, enjoy Our South Dakota: Big Land / Big Ideas / Big Heart. The hands-on exhibit explores the physical realities of our state through activities such as driving a combine, dishing out ice cream, or playing games with friends. Visit Our South Dakota and feel how the land helps shape our lives.

The Cultural Heritage Center museum is set up for a self-guided experience. Guided tours can also be arranged. To schedule a class visit, please contact Jeff Mammenga at (605) 773-6000.