Area elementary students “attend” college for a day

Elementary students from Oldham-Ramona, Dell Rapids Public School and Dell Rapids St. Mary school will have the opportunity to travel to Dakota State University on April 3rd for Kid’s Kollege. Students ranging from 3rd to 5th grade will have the opportunity to explore campus and participate in many educational activities. Students earn this opportunity by accomplishing reading goals throughout the school year.

The Prairie Valley Reading Council originally started the Kid’s Kollege program at DSU. After a few years’ hiatus, the program returns to Madison with fantastic speakers and breakout sessions for the students. Jim Two Crows Wallen, an oral historian, will be the main presenter at this year’s event. Dressed as a mountain man, Two Crows Wallen will talk about the Lewis and Clark time period. The presentation will be located in the Mundt Foundation in the Karl E Mundt Library and Learning Commons.

Students will also tour the Smith Zimmermann Museum, located on DSU’s campus, and participate in a treasure hunt. Dr. Jennifer Nash, associate professor of science education at Dakota State, will help students become inventors with recycled material as well.

In the evening, Prairie Valley Reading Council will be hosting an award banquet for area students. Kindergarten through 12th grade students competed in the areas of writing, illustration, poetry and amount of reading done throughout the year. Winners from the Prairie Valley Reading Council then are submitted to the South Dakota Reading Council for the state contest. The banquet will also feature Two Crows Wallen’s presentation.

Last Updated: 3/30/12