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SD Department of Education Sept. 2016  

Semillas pilot program held for children of migrant workers
SDSU Extension, along with the 4-H Youth Development Program and the South Dakota Department of Education, hosted a day camp for children of South Dakota dairy workers on the campus of South Dakota State University. This was a pilot program called Semillas (seeds) and was offered for several children of dairy farm employees. The program’s objectives are to provide an ongoing hands-on learning experience and a culturally rich environment for youth to:
  • See value in being contributing members of their local communities
  • Learn leadership, citizenship and life skills
  • Be introduced to the university’s opportunities
  • Understand the value of the dairy industry
  • Be introduced to the mission and focus of the 4-H organization
  • Explore their ethnic heritage while participating in local cultural activities
The youth participated in activities and workshops and toured the campus to meet with academic departments for a fun learning day. Families of the youth met with representatives from South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Department of Education and the National Farm Workers Association to gain knowledge about services available to help support the education of their children. South Dakota Department of Education staff also provided an activity with materials to demonstrate and encourage the support of learning at home. An outcome of the day camp was to establish relationships and provide supports to the families of migrant workers in South Dakota.

SDSU Women’s Basketball players
SDSU Women’s Basketball players Sydney Palmer and Jessica Mieras helped with the day.
In these photos they were making piñatas.

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