School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)

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.



2019 Winner

Parker School District – One Book, One Community, One School

Last spring the Parker School District developed a program called One Book, One Community, One School.  The premise is to promote literacy throughout the district by everyone reading the same book at the same time.  The program gave families and the entire community to do something together.  The book that was selected for this project was “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamilo.  The local PTA organization purchased a book for every family within the school district.  They also purchased books for the assisted living community along with the local library and community groups that asked.  Ultimately over 300 books were purchased!  To kick off this program the author recorded a video for the school and also read the first chapter. The school included many local area celebrities to read and record chapters to post on the website.  They developed a reading schedule for everyone in the community, and once or twice per week they would have discussion questions during the morning announcements that each class would then discuss.  While reading the book together as a community, Parker celebrated with numerous activities.  One of these projects was a beautification project with K-12 students to purchase and plan over 500 flowers on the school grounds. 

SASD Community Helping Hands Award

Feb 04

SASD Delegate Assembly

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 04

SASD Executive Board Mtg

February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

SB 67 which dealt with CO for sparse school districts has been moved to the 41st day. The committee acknowledges there is a need for further discussion and they understand there are other bills coming. The vote was 6 to 1 in favor

Terry Nebelsick from the Huron School District is about to begin his presentation in House Ed on the state of the state of k-12 education in SD from the schools perspective. You can listen in at

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