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SD Department of Education Nov. 2016  

  Start planning now to highlight student work at 2017 State Fair

Teachers of all grade levels can highlight their students’ best work in art, literature and photography at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair. The work must be from the 2016-17 school year, and entries must be submitted no later than April 16.

In addition, 1st-6th grade students can enter an essay contest on the topic of "Living the Life in South Dakota! What's great about our state?" Students in 5th-8th grade can enter poetry in the Prairie Winds Competition. Winners’ work gets submitted for publication in the Prairie Winds magazine.

Teachers are also encouraged to nominate an outstanding fellow educator for the Most Valuable Educator Award.

"South Dakota’s Largest Classroom" will again be part of the State Fair in 2017. In 2016, approximately 750 students and teachers from across the state participated in this unique field trip opportunity. Students tour a variety of learning centers focused on science, agriculture, technology and more. The event is free, with lunch provided. Programming is intended to give students the chance to learn through hands-on exhibits that may not otherwise be available to individual school districts. Learn more about this program on the State Fair website.

More information on all of these educational opportunities is available in the 2017 South Dakota State Fair Education Book.

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