Among the guests were three students from Vermillion High School. They were Ariel Hofman, Kinsey Weydert and Krista Froke. Other guests were Randy McGinnis, James Connelly and Seth Nesselhuf.
Laura Dimock, coordinator of the Beyond School Adventures program, presented the program for the day. BSA was started with a South Dakota State Out-of-School Time program grant written by two middle school counselors, Ginny Talley and Kathy Prasek. BSA provides after-school care, nutrition and organized activities for K through Grade 5 children. Some of the activities include arts and crafts, field trips, dance, theater, in-residence artists and movies as well as daily snacks, homework time and playtime from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost to families is $5 per student. They currently serve approximately 100 families during the school year and 50 families during the summer months. The children remain at the school location for these after-school activities.
BSA fills a real need in our community, according to Dimock. In many families both parents work during the day. Most day-care facilities are not able to take after-school children. BSA is open to anyone who wants to attend if they (BSA) have the staff to meet the needs of the children.
Even though the fee charged by BSA is a small one, Dimock felt that many children were eliminated because of cost. She estimated that BSA is probably only reaching half of the children needing this service. Many children are probably supervised by siblings or left on their own.
Dimock informed us that the grant has expired. She is seeking support from community organizations such as Rotary to become partners in keeping up the level of care, nutrition and programming BSA needs to provide Vermillion children a safe, fun and healthy environment.
Rotary International is a worldwide humanitarian service organization with 29,000 clubs in more than 160 countries. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, members of Rotary are business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world.
For more information about Rotary in Vermillion, call Roger Kozak at 605-677-9030.