Beyond School Adventures, the Vermillion school district after-school program for kindergarten through fifth graders was started six years ago with a South Dakota Out-Of-School Program grant written by two Vermillion Middle School counselors, Virginia Talley and Kathy Prasek. BSA serves approximately 125 families each year and strives to go beyond mere supervision of children to provide a wide variety of fun, creative and educational activities.
During the school year, the BSA kids utilize the school classrooms for art, music, computer, PE and a variety of special programming including Run For Fun with USD students under the direction of Angela Anderson and Stacy Smallfield, Health Rocks with Clay Co. Extension's Debra Wenzel and high school student mentors, monthly public library program activities with Joyce Moore and the BSA cooking club. Some highlights this year include the Halloween party held at the Vermillion Senior Center, roller skating at the armory, bowling at Prairie Lanes, educational tours and activities at the WH Over Museum, movies at the Coyote Theater, swimming at the USD Dome and a trip to Sioux Falls where BSA students took pop tops collected at the schools, as well as, pop-tops, gift cards and wish list items donated by the ESA Alpha Lambda chapter ladies to the Ronald McDonald House.
When the summer sun shines, BSA kids hit the pool and head out on a variety of field trips to Sioux Falls, Sioux City and Yankton. Morning sessions focus on art, computer, music, cooking, fitness and nutrition. Afternoons, the children travel to area parks, pools, museums and attractions including the Washington Pavilion, the Butterfly House, Wild Water West, Gavin's Point Fish Hatchery and Dam, IBP Ice Skating rink, KDLT, the Sioux City Art's Center, and the Yankton Summit Center.
BSA will join the United Way family as a partner in 2008 and is thrilled to be able to continue bridging the gap between the community and children with the help of United Way and its supporters. More information about BSA can be found on the Vermillion School District website http://www.vermillion.k12.sd.us/default.htm or by calling Laura Dimock 677-8398.