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SASD Community Helping Hands Award

The Community Helping Hands Award recognizes a school district and their non-school community partner for their outstanding collaboration in implementing a successful program, project or activity that has generated significant local community involvement and positively impacted the education of children.

2013 Winner 


Huron school district was looking for a complete renovation of three elementary attendance centers including the addition of classrooms, libraries, music classrooms, and physical education space.  The plan creates kindergarten-first grade, second-third grade, and fourth-fifth grade learning centers.  It was during this time that the K.I.D.S. (Keep Improving and Developing Our Schools) Political Action Committee was formed.  The committee ranged in age from 35-80, Republicans and Democrats, rural and urban and members with children in private schools.  The committee’s work was independent of the school district board.  With just 83 days from between the first meeting to the election, this group worked tirelessly to present to every organization big and small with the goal to educate voters with accurate and consistent information on the need for “21st Century Learning Centers” for the elementary children.   The unique challenge was a community where more than 30% of the students are new to the country and thus parents are not eligible to vote.  The result of their work was a resounding victory. 

Voters supported the new elementary centers by more than 71%.   The committee will remain to help with future needs in the school district. 


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