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SD Department of Education Jan. 2016  

  South Dakota State Fair Shine the spotlight on student work at the State Fair

Teachers can highlight their students' best work in art, literature and photography at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair. The work must be from the 2015-16 school year and entries must be submitted no later than April 16.

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

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

"South Dakota’s Largest Classroom" will again be part of the State Fair in 2016. In 2015, schools from across the state participated, with approximately 1,000 students and teachers attending. Learn more about this program on the State Fair website.

More information on all of these educational opportunities is available in the 2016 South Dakota State Fair Education Book.

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