School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)

Little Red School House

The Little Red School House Award is presented to a school district that is selected for implementing the most significant, innovative and successful education program or project.



The Little Red School House 2023 Winner

Hanson School District

For the past 25 years 3rd and 4th grade teachers Pat Wenande and Kris Carmody have ran the Hanson 3rd & 4th Grade Restaurant.  This project takes place each spring to raise money for the entire school as well as charities and service projects.  The menu changes but includes pork sandwiches prepared by local pork producers or Alexandria Market and buns from the local Hutterite Colony.  Students take shifts working at the restaurant along with their parents.  Jobs include: greeting diners, taking tickets, keeping track of the number of meals served, refilling drinks and cleaning up.  This past year over 1,200 meals were served over the 2-day period.  Having the opportunity to help people in times of need or sponsoring students in Haiti have become the norm for this project.  The students feel proud when they can help their community.  Many times the restaurant has purchased books for elementary classrooms as well as sponsoring “One Book, One School”. 

Little Red School House

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