BC-SD--South Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, SD
AP-South Dakota stories for Nov. 17 and Nov. 19. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 605-332-3111.
For use Saturday, Nov. 17, and thereafter.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — More confidence, less fear, real-world job skills. Project SEARCH shows young adults with cognitive or physical disabilities how much they can offer local employers. Project SEARCH equips students such as Justin “JB” Bryant and Michael Hauge to successfully transition from high school to the workforce. This fall, Bryant is training at the Regional Health IT Help Desk. Hauge is learning office skills and how to be a healthier worker in Regional Health’s Employee Health and Well-Being department. By Tanya Manus, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 696 words.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — About three years ago, officials across the Sioux Falls School District made a concerted effort to start addressing attendance issues at various schools. On average, 8 in 10 students in the city attend school most of the time. But the number of chronically absent kids is above the state average, and at least 1 in 10 kids regularly miss class. Changing that trend is a slow process, but the needle is moving in the right direction. The secret is a focus on one-on-one relationships with students, regular incentives and constant communication with parents by meeting them where they’re at. By Shelly Conlon, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1230 words.
For use Monday, Nov. 19, and thereafter.
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. — The New Underwood School District, responding in part to the decline of hunting nationally, decided to pass on to students the heritage of hunting. Sixth- through eighth-grade students recently took a hunting exam, part of the new hunting curriculum sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks. Children between the ages of 12 and 16 who wish to hunt need to pass the school-sponsored HuntSAFE program, which includes instruction on properly walking rows, crossing fences and handling a rifle. By Christopher Vondracek, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 896 words.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — When Ryan Darling and Kirk Johnson were growing up in Aberdeen, science was their thing. But they wouldn’t know each other until they met as scientists at the global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. Together they have made significant contributions to the development of a new medication approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The drug, Emgality, is a once-per-month injection designed to prevent migraines. By Victoria Lusk, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 710 words.