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C<ON<A@NG@@KGJJ¸GDF@ò Following the safe sleep guidelines is vitally important to baby's health. + Babies sleep safest on their backs. + Always sleep in a safe crib (no blankets, toys, or bumper pads). + Babies should sleep alone. + Couches, chairs, infant seats, or swings are not safe places for babies to sleep.

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It takes a brave man to buck the system—whether it’s to follow his heart for true love or to realize that “taking care of his family” might look very different from what he had ever imagined. Todd White takes being a husband and a father very seriously—but he’s not very serious while he does it. Our Cover Family homeschools in its very own way, by integrating dancing, movie making, singing, building things…and studying. When Todd became the family’s homeschool teacher, he was surprised to learn that he loved it. The kids love it, too, and say that they’re learning more with his natural style of teaching. Wife Frannie agrees. “He’s just more fun than I am,” she says. For more information on homeschooling in the Black Hills, you may refer to these local and state resources: Black Hills Homeschool Association— com/group/BHHA/ Natural Learning Network of South Dakota— groups/nlnetwork South Dakota Christian Home Educations— The Homeschool Mom— West River Christian Homeschoolers— com/group/WRCH/

My mother is a writer. The first time I helped her with a writing project was for a book she published in 1972. I was 10, and my participation (shown in the photo at left), involved being a guinea pig. She was testing recipes for Cosmetics in the Kitchen, a book that utilized common ingredients that anyone might have at home. She made me try various batches of creams, lotions, and then more creams and lotions. For several months, everyone in my family had very soft skin. By the time I was 12, my assistant job changed to editor. I had already shown an interest in research and writing, and Mom allowed me to proofread her second book, a project on meteorology that she co-authored with my scientist dad. I’ve been writing and editing ever since. This issue of Black Hills Parent, my first as Editor-in-Chief, celebrates that sense of unparalleled inspiration that we take from our families, teachers, and role models—inspiration related to education. We took our cue from BHP’s “Teachers of Excellence”—inside, we celebrate five outstanding educators in our area who inspire our children every day (Page 43). We also introduce Cover Family Todd and Frannie White, who collaboratively decided that Todd would be their family’s preferred stay-athome parent and homeschool teacher (Page 38). Another area of inspiration grew into a special section on living with disabilities—anchored by blogger Meriah Nichols’s brave take on parenting a child with Down Syndrome (Page 30), coupled with a heroic story of Avery Boechler, a kid who testified on behalf of young people with dyslexia (Page 33). Other stories also touch on education and disability, including our “Making an Impact” nonprofit. This issue’s featured organization is CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates (Page 52). You’ll be pleased to see familiar favorites, including an expanded “Ages & Stages” section—which also grew from inspiration. We feature the idea of empowering children with knowledge, manners, and spirit—and celebrate kids who do much more with their free time than stare at a screen. One is Colton Seamands, a 12-year-old cook (Page 24), and the other is our state’s youngest glider pilot, Annie Lien (Page 26). We hope you’ll find your own inspiration in these pages—and get to know how our staff “caught the bug,” whatever it might be, from their families. I hope these personal stories help you to remember your own dreams.

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How our staff was inspired by family:


Little Capri, David’s daughter, is the smallest branch on the threegeneration musical family tree.


“DIY-Jenna” started sewing with Mom at age five, and learned leatherwork from her cobbler dad.


Family tradition: “Kid Party” and “Family Party” for every birthday. Now Liz does it for her kids!


EXPLORE DEEP TIME AT THE MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY Discover the dinosaurs, extinct mammals, and marine reptiles that once roamed South Dakota!

Both John and his dad followed in Grandad’s footsteps; playing and coaching cricket across England.


His parents fostered a passion for the outdoors that keeps Chris in the wilderness all year around.


Kristen learned from the “living example” of her parents’ faith, humor, and great sense of self.

Stop by our Kids’ Zone with fun hands on activities and our museum store filled with great gifts and souvenirs.


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Four generations of entrepreneurs have worked at the Stone family business—started 83 years ago.


Cody learned “not to sweat the small stuff” from his mom, who survived two serious operations. Black Hills Parent


Help us honor this year’s Teachers of Excellence— what it looks like to go the extra mile for Black Hills students.


24 Colton found his passion—in food. This all-around chef-in-the-making shares two of his favorite recipes.

SPRING 2017 CONTENTS BUZZ 9 Amazing Kids

20 Support Your Spirited Child

10 “Nana’s” Secrets

MIDDLE SCHOOL 23 Tips to Tame the Screen-Time Temptress

These inspiring kids are going above and beyond.

A handful of Spring tips from our favorite expert.

AGES & STAGES BABY 14 At First Sight

Testing infants’ eyesight can prevent lifelong vision problems.

PRE-SCHOOL 17 How Dining Out Builds Skills

How eating in restaurants can help develop your child’s social skills.

ELEMENTARY 19 What if?

Children’s Home Society’s flash cards ask tough questions. 6

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Mindful parenting techniques to embrace that feisty personality.

How best to use and manage screens in your home.

24 Falling for Food 12-year-old Colton shares his love of cooking.

25 Tastes to Try

“Chef Colton’s” favorite recipes—perfect for spring.

HIGH SCHOOL 26 Into the Blue

Meet Annie—our state’s youngest glider pilot.



26 How the Lien family inspired Annie to become our state’s youngest glider pilot.



A writer all too familiar with “disability” defines what it’s like to manage “special needs.”

33 Standing Up for Dyslexia

As Avery overcomes dyslexia, he also inspires change in the South Dakota legislature.

34 Resources

Where to turn for disability and special needs support.

THE EDUCATION ISSUE 38 COVER FAMILY: Team Parenting 101 Daddy’s homeschool is now in session.

43 Teachers of Excellence

You told us about them. Now, meet this year’s amazing Black Hills teachers.

49 Full “STEAM” Ahead Using the newest legislation to bolster your child’s success in school—and in life.

LEGAL 51 Taking Care of Business

Legal considerations for parents of children with special needs.

NONPROFITS 52 Making an Impact: Seventh Circuit CASA Program

How you can help this nonprofit as it advocates for kids.

COLUMNS & TOOLS 54 Black Hills Cuties 56 Calendar 62 Family Resources 64 #BHPFunnies Our new humor page.

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Makenzi’s summer project with the First United Methodist Church was inspired by a nightmare she had, in which she dreamed she was homeless. When the nightmare happened a second time, Makenzi believed that God was answering her prayers for a way she could help people in her community. She told her mom, Jennifer, that she wanted to buy flashlights for homeless folks. Jill explained that Makenzi would need to raise the money herself. Determined, Makenzi enlisted the help of her younger sister Rylee (at right)— and the girls set a goal of 100 flashlights. Through a bake sale at the church, they raised enough money to distribute 200 no-battery flashlights imprinted with the message “Jesus is the Light of the World.” “I couldn’t be more proud of my girls,” Jennifer says.


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Dakota began playing baseball at age five, and it didn’t take him long to fall in love with the sport. “It was something that sounded fun to him,” says his mom, Tricia, “and it provides great father/son bonding time.” Dakota would spend as much time practicing as he would playing, and eventually his hard work paid off. Two years ago, Dakota was asked to be on a traveling team with Rushmore Little League. But baseball isn’t Dakota’s only focus. At age six, he met a boy scout selling popcorn door-to-door. After the scout explained his troop’s activities, Dakota wanted to sign up right away. Now, he has completed the five-year Cub Scout program, earning the highest Cub Scout honor— the Arrow of Light—among other awards. Dakota has finished his first year as a Boy Scout with a Second Class rank, working toward his Eagle rank. “He is one busy kid, and he keeps us running,” says Tricia, “but he makes us very proud!”


After watching her older brother at tae kwon do, four-year-old Brooke decided she wanted to try it out for herself. Now, at age nine, Brooke is a black belt and enjoys helping to instruct newer students to learn and succeed at the sport she loves. “She has a quiet determination to excel at anything she puts her mind to,” says Brooke’s mom Maria. “With her generous and giving personality, she is always willing to help anyone in need.” Her classmates’ families agree that Brooke’s contagious smile makes a difference to everyone she encounters. “Brooke really encouraged our kids at their initial lessons,” says John Edwards, a parent of three other students. “She’s a confident, strong girl with a natural teaching ability.” Black Hills Parent



The team at BH Parent has gathered our best tips to convert chore time in the home into the most fun for everyone involved. Draw your chores. From personal hygiene tasks to putting dishes in the washer, kids make drawings of their daily tasks and post them in a high-visibility spot. The drawings create an easy reminder, and they’re personalized. Host a Clean-a-thon. Mom, Dad, Brother, and Sister each have to-dos that they work on at the same time. Tasks go faster and are much more fun. And hurry! If you get your chores done in time, you get to catch a matinee as a family. Have a dance party. Mrs. Doubtfire had a good time, and you will, too! Turn up the tunes while you vacuum, sweep, or dust side by side.


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While lots of kids are lucky enough to have a “Nana,” we have a very special one who knows just about everything about children and grandchildren. She fixes clothes and cooks heavenly food and builds houses—with her bare hands. She also gardens and invents stories and creates magical spaces in ordinary corners of the house. She knows every plant and herb and animal in the forest— and can identify any footprint. She knows all the best spots for hiking. We have never found something this Nana cannot do, and so we asked her to tell us some of her very favorite secrets.


NANA’S ALL-AROUND, GO-TO ACTIVITY “Homemade playdough is great for young children between the ages of one to 10—and I’ve seen it be a great therapeutic stress reliever for adults, too!” Nana says. “We’ve turned it into ‘food’ of any kind—my son used to make ‘pancakes’ for his baby sister—or it can be a farm for animals to play on, or a cliff to dig dinosaurs from. All pretend, of course.” 2c white flour 1c table salt 4t cream of tartar Mix together 2c water 3T baby oil Mix together and bring to a boil After bringing liquid to a rolling boil, add food coloring of choice and your mixed dry ingredients. Stir quickly to get the lumps out! When it has cooled down enough to touch, knead the dough and it’s ready for playtime. Don’t worry—you won’t need to refrigerate it. Just stick it in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Nana says it stays fresh for a long time and you can reuse it, over and over.

“When my grandson was one, we captured his handprint in the playdough. I put it on a paper plate to start drying it out, then glued it onto fabric to keep it from breaking apart. When it was dry, I saved it for a keepsake—and then made a new one each year for ten years. You should have seen his face when I brought them out at his 18th birthday. His grownup hands were huge in comparison to the prints!”

GARDENING WITH MAGIC Miniature gardens are so much more fun when fairies are involved—and these enchanting locations aren’t that difficult to start, even for a young child. First you will need to decide where the fairies are going to live, whether it be in a pot, a trough, or an old fountain. Then, choose an array of flowers like

English Bluebells, African Violets, or chives—some varieties are even specifically labeled “miniature.” You can also add path of rocks, a pond made of a tiny dish, or even a twig fence. Water the plants, add your fairies—or farm animals or anyone your child wants—and watch your garden grow!


Spring is the time for new life—which is especially visible as birds begin to sing and dance throughout our yards. Try something colorful this spring, and make a “string feeder.” Fill a traditional wire bird feeder, or a decorative twig ball, with short pieces of colorful yarn. Birds will use the string when they build their nests, and you can watch for your bright pieces to show up around the neighborhood!

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Shoploc^afor Baby l This well-lit, airy boutique located in The Dean Building in Rapid City is more like a gallery than a store. The newly renovated location (formerly the TMA location at 4th and Main) features a stylish collection of cribs, nursery furniture, high chairs, car seats and strollers, as well as trendy diaper bags and accessories. Offering a personalized baby registry experience and extraordinary gift basket service, Kicks and Giggles is a luxurious local shopping experience for all things baby.

The stability leg in NUNA CAR SEATS significantly reduces child restraint rotation during accidents. #safety $299.99.

The BRAXTON CRIB features solid wood construction, no moving pieces. Converts to a toddler bed. Shown with the HERITAGE FLIP-OVER DRESSER (changing table on one side - flat top on the other - just flip!) Design options to fit your style. $399 and up.

LITTLE GIRAFFE LIL G BLANKY is a travel pal and blanky in one! This luxe line features receiving, swaddling and security blankets made from premium fabrics like cashmere, muslin and chenille for maximum softness. $46.

NATURPEDIC ORGANIC CRIB MATTRESSES feature organic cotton fabric & filling as part of a healthier, non-toxic design - allergenfriendly for babies and children. $289 and up.


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JUST BORN SPARKLE PLUSH TOYS are crafted with sweater knit to withstand years of cuddles and beautifully designed in sweet pink, chevron and hints of gold. $15.

The KEEKAROO PEANUT CHANGER makes extra covers and pads unnecessary, saving money and clean up time - the tough outer shell is impenetrable to fluids and the convenient design helps keep baby in place. $120.

LITTLE UNICORN DIAPER BAGS offer elegant style and thoughtful function while you’re out and about with your little one. You’ll want to carry these classic pieces even after you’re done changing diapers. (Brookside and Manifest Weekender Totes shown) $75-$95. The SKIP HOP BABY’S VIEW 3-STAGE ACTIVITY CENTER Supports three stages of growth: Sit + Swivel + Bounce & Play; Cruise & Interact; Play Table. $120.

EZPZ HAPPY MATS, MINI MATS, AND HAPPY BOWLS suction to the table, taking the mess and stress out of mealtime and promoting self-feeding. Dishwasher safe, BPA free, hypoallergenic. $19.99-$25.99.

Baby will love every colorful EZ GRIP MASSAGING TEETHER BY INNOBABY! Research shows improving oral motor skills aids effective nursing, develops proper muscles for eating solids and drinking liquids with a cup, and improves speech. $7.49.

LIFEFACTORY 4 oz glass baby bottle with silicone sleeve comes with Stage 1 (0-3 mos) nipples. Also available in a 9 oz bottle. $15.

TULA BABY CARRIERS are designed for front or back carry with durable comfort built in for mom, dad and baby. Try them on in store in fun patterns like Road Trip and Gossamer. $149.

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AT FIRST SIGHT Testing infants' eyesight—long before they can speak about what they see—can prevent lifelong vision problems. DR. SARAH’S FAMILY TREE Dr. Sarah Kuipers is a third-generation eye-care professional, following in the footsteps of her grandparents—founders of Independent Optical—and her uncles. She spent lots of time at the eye clinic as a child, but planned to pursue another medical specialty as a pre-med student. During a four-month hospital training program for undergraduates in Guadalajara, Mexico, Dr. Sarah saw firsthand the incredible, nearly instantaneous impact that vision care and correction has on the life of a patient. It was then that she decided to pursue optometry, and to join her extended family at Independent Optical.

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r. Sarah Kuipers, an optometrist at Independent Optical in Rapid City, is one of several Black Hillsarea specialists who participate in a national program called InfantSEE®. The program provides a one-time, nocost eye and vision assessment for babies six to 12 months old. There are no qualifying requirements, and participating doctors are not compensated in any way; they agree to be part of the program because they understand the value of early diagnosis and treatment of problems related to vision and the eye in general. “Vision care is so much more than glasses—sometimes it is a physical/muscular issue,” says Dr. Sarah. She reports that often parents may not consider infant vision care a priority. “Since infants can’t identify letters or describe what they see, parents often ask, ‘What’s the point?’” However, when optometrists examine infants, they are looking for the same important concerns as with adult patients—they just approach the process in a different way. The list of infant assessment criteria includes ocular motility (the ability to move the eyes to follow a visual target), binocularity (the ability to move the eyes in tandem), and refractive status (issues like near- and farsightedness,


which can cause blurry vision). By the age of six months, your baby’s eyes should be working together, and vision is much more developed than at birth. Please note: some infants (about one in ten) require drops to dilate, or relax the eye muscle for further examination—a painless process that doesn’t bother the baby, but may cause a moment of newparent anxiety for Mom or Dad. The entire exam takes just a few minutes, and many babies react to the experience as if it were a game—tracking objects and following visual cues from the doctor. Your pediatrician is a good front line for everything related to your child’s health, but significant eye concerns can sometimes be missed. Minor issues can develop into significant problems by the time your child reaches school age and has that first “big kid” eye exam. Dr. Sarah encourages parents to seek out an InfantSEE®participating optometrist to ensure that their children receive the best vision care possible. “Vision is the most important sense our children use to learn, and it costs nothing to have your baby’s vision thoroughly examined by a doctor as part of this program.” To learn more about infant eye health or to find a participating physician, visit

ONE BABY'S LUCKY DAY Dr. Sarah shared the story of a ten-month-old boy who accompanied his mom to her eye exam. Although Mom had no concerns about her son’s vision, he was already in the office—so Dr. Sarah asked, "Why not have an InfantSEE® exam?" The moment Dr. Sarah covered the baby's right eye as part of the exam, he began screaming. His right eye, it turns out, was a +2 on the refractive scale—close to normal. His left eye, on the other hand, was a +10 on the scale and extremely farsighted— resulting in fuzzy vision in that eye. The baby had not even “noticed it” until his “good eye” was covered. The doctor was kind enough to pull out a +10

From birth, babies begin exploring the wonders in the world with their eyes. Even before they learn to reach and grab with their hands or crawl and sit up, their eyes are providing information and stimulation important for their development.

—The American Optometric Association (AOA)

lens to share the experience of the baby's vision, and it was dizzying for a grown-up to peer through the lens. According to Dr. Sarah, in a case like this, the brain begins to favor the “good eye” over time. This favoring can cause various conditions, including amblyopia, otherwise known as "lazy eye," or strabismus, called "eye turn." If left untreated over a period of years, the brain can become stuck in its ways. A patient's appearance may be corrected with surgery, but he or she may never recover “normal” vision. Thankfully, this little guy’s story has a happy ending. He now wears baby glasses, along with an eye patch designed to build the strength of his farsighted eye. Over time, this process will retrain his brain to rely on both eyes. His mom is grateful that her son will be able to see the world around him with enhanced clarity and focus.

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Chore List Categorized by age

Got kids? Here are some easy ways to get your little helpers involved in keeping your home clean and organized. Add in a few rewards for a job well-done and you’ve got a recipe for a fun way to teach them habits that will last a lifetime.

2-3 years old

• Throw trash away • Put away toys – tip: have designated boxes • Help put away clothes • Make their bed and organize stuffed animals

4-5 years old

• Take plates to sink • Put away clothes • Set table • Pick up toys – peek under sofa and chairs for things that don’t belong

6-8 years old

• Feed & water pets • Fold & put away laundry • Take out trash • Make the bed • Wash floor – supervised • Clean toilets • Load the dishwasher • Unload dishwasher but need help putting things away

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Asian Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple

2 pork tenderloins (12-16 oz. each) 1 6-oz. can pineapple juice (3/4 cup) 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce 2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic 2 Tbsp. minced fresh gingerroot

11/2 tsp. coarse salt (kosher) 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. chili powder 1 /2 tsp. ground black pepper 2 cups peeled and cubed fresh pineapple (1-inch pieces) 6-8 wooden or metal skewers

Place pork tenderloins in a resealable plastic bag; set aside. In a small bowl, combine marinade ingredients; pour over pork. Seal bag; refrigerate for at least 1 hour to marinate, or up to 24 hours to enhance flavor. Preheat grill to medium-hot. When ready to grill, remove pork from marinade (discarding marinade) and place on grill. Cook, covered, for about 10 min. per side or until the internal temperature is between 145°F. (medium rare) and 160°F. (medium). Remove from heat and let rest 3 min. before slicing. Meanwhile, place the pineapple chunks on the skewers; place on grill during the last 6 min. of grilling time, turning after 3 min. Slice pork into 1/2-inch thick slices (medallions) and serve with grilled pineapple. Serves 6-8. Nutrition per serving: Calories: 180, Total fat: 4g, Saturated fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 577mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 26g, Fiber: 1g ©2016 National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA USA. This message funded by America’s Pork Producers and the Pork Checkoff.


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hile your budget might put the squeeze on dining out regularly at restaurants, don’t completely cross the option off your mealtime menu. Eating out, even occasionally, can help kids to develop communication skills and learn acceptable behavior in public places. MANNERS Basic etiquette

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informs those around us that we’re sensitive to them and our surroundings. Consistently practice manners around your family’s dinner table to lay the groundwork for eating out. Whether you choose to dine at the mall food court or a sit-down establishment, role-model how to place a polite order. Coach your youngster to say “please” and “thank you” when the server delivers beverages and food. SELFCONFIDENCE

Uncertainty is the root of fear. Start small, role-model, and practice. Preschoolers can order their own drinks and work up to ordering a main meal. Encourage them to make specific requests like, “May I please have some ketchup?” Got a kiddo who clams up when talking to adults? Involve him in the process by saying, “You wanted the

cheeseburger, right? What kind of cheese would you like?” Eventually, he’ll grow more confident. SELF-CONTROL Dining out often

requires kids to stay seated for longer periods of time than they do at home. Set your family up for success by initially choosing kidfriendly places that don’t have long waits, or beat the rush by arriving early. For a popular spot, call ahead to get on the waiting list. SPEAKING UP Just when you think

your child doesn’t have volume control, her voice drops to a whisper when ordering a drink. Before the server arrives, discuss the menu choices and prep her about what to say. Remind her that because restaurants can be noisy, she should speak up in a clear voice. EYE CONTACT When your child

orders, remind him to look at the server. Eye contact denotes confidence and signals polite respect. The skill isn’t easy for many people. With time, repetition, and maturity, kids can develop this valuable skill. SOCIAL CUES Eating in restaurants

helps kids recognize social cues like body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, and boundaries. These non-verbals help us discern appropriate behavior in a particular environment. For example, you might say: “People talk quietly in this restaurant. We need to keep our voices down, too.” PATIENCE Waiting is tough for

adults, but it can be excruciating for a hungry tot. Bring a light snack (apples), pack activities (crayons and paper), and play I-Spy or tic-tac-toe. SMALL TALK According to the

Family Dinner Project, meal time conversation can help build a child’s vocabulary, fosters small-talk skills, and enhances family connection. Ask each other questions. Discuss sports, the weather, the upcoming weekend, or tell a humorous story. Black Hills Parent


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What If...?

Flash Cards that Teach Safety and Ethics—Ready for “What If…?” By Tifanie Petro, MS


s a parent, I thought I had it figured out. Here I was, working in social work for more than eight years and raising two children of my own. I help keep kids safe every day by talking to them—so surely my own kids would know what to do in a tough situation. Then, I started working at Children’s Home Society (CHS). In this role, I educate other professionals and parents how to talk to kids about safety. This includes use of “What If…?” card sets, an interactive teaching tool for adults to evaluate children’s understanding of real-life situations and help them learn how to respond. Four versions of “What If…?” cards were developed by CHS, comprised of age-appropriate questions on topics such as bullying, sexual abuse, home safety, peer pressure, and more. The objective of these questions is to increase the probability that children who find

themselves in an at-risk situation will communicate with trusted adults. I took the CHS “What If…?” cards home to “test” my own children, certain they would know all the answers. The first question was about guns. My oldest son exclaimed that he would know what to do if a friend showed him a gun, because his friend has one. Wait—hadn’t we talked about gun safety? The next question involved home safety. My daughter stated she wouldn’t know what to do if the stove smelled funny—except to call me. That answer was a little better. Then, I asked them a question about “private parts...” (Insert eye rolls here.) In that moment, I realized I hadn’t even given my kids the names for their private parts. I went back to work, determined to understand what it was that I—and probably a lot of other parents—might be missing. I learned that my kids had the ability to come up with a safety plan, but I wasn’t giving them the opportunity. Families spend so much time on homework, soccer practice, and brushing teeth that we often miss the big stuff. “What If…?” cards are an invaluable tool to begin important conversations with our kids.

Asking questions in the “What If…?” style is helpful because there is no judgment or pressure. Since there are no right or wrong answers, we were able to figure out what is “right” for our family. This allowed me to approach sensitive topics with my kids, such as physical abuse or what to do if a friend confides in them. I can keep my children safe at home, but what if I can empower them outside the home—and more, to inspire them to help other children, too? These discussions are tough, but they were harder for me as a parent than they were for my children. Kids want to show us what they know. All we need to do is start the conversation! Tifanie Petro is a Forensic Interviewer and Education Public Awareness Specialist at Children’s Home Society. Card sets can be purchased at CHS (1330 Jolly Lane, Rapid City) or ordered online at

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Support Your Spirited Child By Christa Melnyk Hines


orried that your child's Academy Award®-worthy outbursts might earn her the tiara for neighborhood drama queen? Both boys and girls go through phases where they struggle with controlling their emotions. Mindful parenting techniques can help kids learn their boundaries without repressing feisty personalities. In her book Raising Your Spirited Child, author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka says that intensity “is the invisible punch that makes every response of the spirited child immediate and strong. Managed well, intensity allows spirited children a depth and delight of emotion rarely experienced by others.” Here are some approaches to support—and guide—that intensity.

leggings and a bright blue, polka-dotted sweater paired with purple snow boots. As long as she makes choices with respect to your family's values and the school dress code, her non-conformist fashion sense is a harmless outlet for her creativity.



An overly-sensitive child may imagine worst-case scenarios or inflate situations with friends. Point out when he may be over-reacting to a situation. Also, make him aware when his fears weren't realized. “You were so upset and worried about the math test, but because of your hard work and persistence, you aced it.” ARTFUL EXUBERANCE

The performing arts provide an appropriate outlet for dramatic children to exercise their expressive personalities. And, relax if your child wants to wear yellow 20

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Spirited kids will push, pull, and negotiate— seeking weakness in rules. Articulate the rules in your home and consistently enforce them. Create space each day for your child to engage in unstructured activities. Through play he can decompress, engage his imagination, and process feelings. TAP POSITIVE MEDIA

Read books, watch movies and TV shows, and attend live performances together that feature children who may be dramatic in nature—but who don’t act like divas. Check out Olivia by Ian Falconer, a popular young children’s book series about a pig with a penchant for drama. Lisa Bahar, a licensed family



therapist and clinical counselor, recommends Disney films that “encourage the innocence of life” such as Miracle on 34th Street, E.T., and Fantasia. TEACH RESILIENCE

Acknowledge your child's feelings, but avoid over-reacting. Listen, empathize, and ask your child how she could solve the problem. If there's no real solution, rather than feeding the drama by oversympathizing with your child, calmly respond “Oh well. That happens sometimes.” SOOTHING TIME ALONE

A calendar crammed with too many activities and play dates can set any child up for meltdowns. Set aside 30 minutes or more of quiet time during the day for reading, playing alone, or engaging in a creative endeavor. If your child has trouble starting off on a project on his own, put together an "Imagination Bucket" filled with art supplies, textured materials like playdough, pipe cleaners, puffy stickers, or ribbons. NOTE OUTSIDE INFLUENCES

Does your child seem especially moody and negative after being around a particular group of kids? Encourage her to seek positive, upbeat friends who inspire self-confidence. In turn, guide her toward being a caring friend to others. ACCEPT YOUR CHILD’S INDIVIDUALITY

Understand that children may just need to process their feelings in an intense way. “Keep tissues on hand and don’t shame them for using them,” says one mom of a dramatic 10-year-

Any child might react “dramatically” to life changes or circumstances—and a natural “drama queen” might really turn up the volume in these cases. For example, a family move, unpredictable or inconsistent boundaries, or a major upheaval in the family environment can trigger overly dramatic behavior or extreme reactions. “Some children find that they are unable to cope effectively with the stressors and they react...with volatile behavior, screaming, (and) crying uncontrollably to get what they want,” Bahar says. The label “drama queen” is laced with negative connotation, but Bahar considers a child with these tendencies simply “as one who needs excessive amounts of attention in order to feel in control.” She also cautions parents, however, when dramatic behavior escalates. What begins as an expressive personality in a youngster could lead to an older child’s

taking on too much or pushing boundaries in ways that could be destructive. “Keep in tune with a child who tends to change peers consistently, dresses provocatively, has older friends, possibly experiments with substances, has intense emotional relationships, and is territorial with peers,” Bahar warns parents. Consult with your pediatrician or child psychologist if your child is unable to cope, isolates himor herself, or engages in selfdestructive behaviors such as promiscuity, substance abuse, or eating disorders. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two active, sometimes melodramatic boys. Christa's latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

old. “Don’t let other people shame them either. Accept more frequent tears as part of who they are, and crying won’t become problematic. My daughter always feels better after she cries. She processes her feelings faster than anyone I know!” MANAGE YOUR OWN DRAMA

Exemplify calming, positive ways to manage your moods by counting aloud, employing deep-breathing techniques, or stepping away from an emotional situation with a short time-out. “If the family dynamic is dramatic and volatile, the child— even as a baby—can absorb this as a norm of behaving,” Bahar says. “This generally comes with unresolved issues, arguments that escalate to yelling, and difficulty in maintaining emotions.” Black Hills Parent


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Tips to Tame the Screen-Time Temptress By Sue LeBreton


e celebrate the convenience and entertainment of the many electronic gadgets in my home. However, with all of these tempting gadgets, it can be easy for parents to lose track of their children’s daily log of screen time. In some homes— certainly in mine—children try to stretch the daily limit, because their phones, shows, games, and apps are fun. And they’re everywhere. So why would you want to limit screen time? According to the Mayo Clinic, too much screen time can lead to problems, including obesity, irregular sleep, behavioral problems, impaired academic performance, and violence. What is a reasonable limit? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours a day of TV, movies, video, and computer games. With so many entertaining options, successfully limiting screen time can be challenging.

Here are a few tips to help tame that screen-time temptress: Track screen time for your children for one week. If they spend more time on screens than you are comfortable with, make a plan for change.


Talk to your children about how their screen time fits with the rest of their lives. Agree to a daily limit that suits your family and the age of your children.


Brace yourself, because change may not be easy. If your children’s total consumption is significantly more than two hours per day, reduce it gradually, celebrating milestones along the way.


For younger children, keep remotes and gadgets in one area to be “signed out.” You can start a timer when you hand over a “key” to the electronic world.


Have your children earn screen time like an allowance. Do a chore and they can get 15 minutes, up to an hour a day during the week or two hours on weekends.


Keep electronics in plain view so that you can monitor what your children are watching or doing online, and for how long.


How about a screen time “fast”? Do a day of no screen time as a family challenge, or make the fast a regular event.


Consider switching to basic cable so there is less enticement to watch television. Beware the power of streaming, for kids and grown ups alike.


Keep TVs, computers, and other devices out of bedrooms. Researchers at Stanford University found the light from screens just before bed can postpone sleepiness by three hours. Consider having a device basket, or charging stations where all devices go when the family heads to bed.


Most important: help your kids to discover what makes them tick. On following pages, we introduce you to kids who have found their own creative alternatives to screen time. See if their examples inspire your family!


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12-year-old Colton Seamands has found a love of cooking and encourages others to find their passions, too. By Jenna Carda


fter discovering his interest for cooking at seven years old, Colton Seamands, the youngest of five siblings, could be found in the kitchen with his mom, Mary Beth. By age eight, Colton had made his very first dish by himself— using an apple pie recipe passed down Mary Beth’s family since the 1930s. “It was absolutely beautiful,” reminisces Mary Beth. “And, honestly, I think it tasted better than my apple pie!” Now, as a sixth grader at Spearfish Middle School, Colton has made everything from desserts to main dishes—his favorites being fresh game. Whether it is pheasant, grouse, deer, or fish, Colton enjoys working with the meat he has caught on his trips with his dad, Corey. Having his mom to show him the ropes in the kitchen, Colton has found a creative outlet he can make his own. “It’s either HGTV or the


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Food Network on in our house— when I have the remote, at least,” Mary Beth chuckles. During their favorite show, “Chopped,” Mary Beth and Colton will pause after the basket of ingredients is revealed. “Colton and I will test ourselves,” she says. “We think for a minute and ask, ‘Okay! What would you make?’” Although he hasn’t created his own recipes yet, Colton enjoys putting his own special twist on existing ones. For instance, his family-favorite sausage “stoup”—not necessarily a soup, but not a stew, either—is a mixture of sausage, herbs, spinach, and rice. “I like the new experiences that cooking gives you,” said Colton. “I like new dishes that I can try to make or replicate.” Colton first found his love of cooking through a television screen, but he has since taken that interest to another level. He helps with dinners,


While scrolling the Internet, Mary Beth found a post announcing an opening on a junior version of their favorite show, “Chopped.” “So, I asked Colton if he was interested in trying out—or at least applying—and he said ‘Sure! Why not!’” At first, Colton was a little nervous, which is to be expected when applying for a position on a major networking channel. The thought of competition and the skills he would need to have to make it to the next level were just the beginning. After multiple interviews and demonstrations, Colton was notified that the four spots had been filled. But he hasn’t lost hope. “It just gives me time to get ready for it again in the future,” he says.

cooks for friends and family, and enjoys every bit of it. “Help your kids find their passion,” Colton advises parents. And Mary Beth agrees. “We’re here to guide, to support, to be cheerleaders, and give direction to our kids. Theirs might not be a path we would have chosen for ourselves, but the opportunity to explore is huge!”


PHEASANT WRAPS WRAPS • 2 Pheasant breasts filleted in half then quartered. Marinate overnight in teriyaki sauce, either store-bought or homemade. • 4 Jalapeño peppers cut in half and seeded • 4 oz Cream cheese • 1 Minced onion • 8 Strips of hickory smoked bacon Mix cream cheese with minced onion. Fill each half of pepper with the cream-cheese mixture. Wrap piece of pheasant around filled pepper. Wrap pheasant tightly with strip of bacon. Secure with toothpick if necessary.

HOMEMADE TERIYAKI • 1 C Ketchup • 1 C Soy sauce • 1 C Brown sugar • 1 Tbsp Fresh grated ginger (if fresh is not available, then use 3/4 T dried) • 1 Tbsp Minced garlic Mix all ingredients together until brown sugar dissolves. May use as marinade. Once protein is remove from marinade, simmer remaining marinade for 30 minutes on low heat and use for glaze/dipping sauce if desired.


GRAMMY’S APPLE PIE Photos: Opposite page by Chris Valencia; This page by Jesse Brown Nelson Photography. Food Props courtesy of Younique Finds.

Circa 1930s — Editor’s Note: When we made this, it fed an army. Either Grammy used a very large pie plate, or you can halve the number of apples. CRUST • 2 2/3 c Flour • 2 Tbsp Sugar • 1/2 tsp Salt • Sprinkle of baking soda Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Create well in center and add: • 2/3 C Oil (vegetable or canola) • 8 Tbsp Milk Mix by hand; then knead. Do not over-mix. Add additional milk, oil, or flour to make right consistency. Should stick ever so slightly to hands. Place dough in bowl and cover. Place in refrigerator for up to 30 minutes. Divide into two equal sections. Roll out onto flour-covered counter. Don’t roll too thin; place first section in bottom of pie pan.

PIE FILLING • 7-9 Granny Smith apples • 1 C Sugar • 5 Tbsp Flour • 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon • Pinch Nutmeg • Butter • 1 egg Peel, core, and slice apples. Add all other ingredients except butter. Fill pie crust with apple mixture. Dot top with pieces of butter. Cover with top pie crust; seal and flute edges and make air vents. To make pie shiny, brush top of crust and edges with egg wash. BAKE AT 375 DEGREES FOR 50 MINUTES. TURN OFF OVEN. DO NOT REMOVE PIE UNTIL OVEN COOLS.

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INT O T H E BL UE South Dakota’s youngest glider pilot represents the fourth generation in a family of women fliers—her “screen” is a windshield!

By Jaclyn Lanae


t. Thomas More sophomore Annie Lien has never had the “too-muchscreen-time problem.” She has been swimming competitively since she was eight, and her average school day includes three and a half hours of pool-time, starting at 5:30 in the morning. She’s earned a Brown Belt in tae kwon do, and recently shifted away from ballet and tap, after years of classes. And, at just 16 years old, she is the youngest female glider pilot in South Dakota. When it’s warm enough and weather allows, she spends at least one weekend day each week soaring high over the hills and plains of South Dakota, hands on the controls of a glider plane, admiring God’s creation. Born into a family of pilots, Annie was a natural for the air. Her great-grandmother, Mom Julie’s “Granny,” was a charter member of The Ninety-Nines, an international


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FLYING BY EXAMPLE Annie’s gung-ho attitude is exactly what her parents hoped to instill when they introduced her to so many activities throughout her childhood. “We wanted Annie to be proud of whatever she does, and we felt it was our job as parents to inspire her,” Julie says.

organization of female pilots established in 1929 by 99 women. Today, the group’s members are represented in all areas of aviation, and promote flight through education and outreach. “Granny” flew as a commercial pilot and “wanted to be the first granny in space,” says Annie’s mom, Julie. Both Granny and Granddad had pilot’s licenses, and four of their six children did, too. Julie’s mother, Annie’s grandmother, also became a private pilot; then, in 2000, Julie obtained her own license—and married the man who once had been the youngest pilot in South Dakota. Now, Dad Chris Lien has a “multi-engine instrument instructor rating,” and loves aerobatics. When Chris drops Annie at the airport in Kansas for family visits, he waves a special goodbye, by rocking the plane side to side in the air.

Annie was just an infant when Chris and Julie Lien first popped on a protective headset, secured her in a car seat, and took to the skies. Later, she was only eight years old the first time she piloted her father’s Cessna 172 off the runway and into the air. She had to sit on three cushions to see over the dashboard. So, in the summer of 2015, JUMP SEAT Annie was when a few veteran pilots a natural from her very insisted that Annie and her first ride. Here she is mother try soaring in a glider on her maiden voyage. plane, they both agreed. Like traditional flight, soaring is distinct in one important way: the plane has no engine. Liftoff is achieved with a towrope attached to a plane. Then, glider pilots, called “soarers,” use columns of rising warm air for lift—just as birds do. Soaring has taught Soarers can fly for minutes or Annie many things, including patience, hours on these “thermals,” focus, and confidence. staying close enough to the “There’s so much adrenaline,” she airport to touch down when beams, “and you either the thermals die out or realize, ‘I just took off, time is up. piloted, and landed a plane with no engine. I Annie was hooked on the can do anything!’” silence of soaring. “I cried the first time I looked down,” she says. She was so moved—by the true essence of flight, the stunning landscape, and the majesty spread out before her—that she immediately began logging hours with an instructor. She hopes to earn While Annie’s longterm goals include her soaring license this spring. earning a traditional pilot’s license, she is certain that she will always be a glider pilot. “Soaring is one of those things that just makes me throw my arms up and do a happy dance. I will do it forever.”

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I am fascinated by disability as a subject—the history of people with disabilities, how disability presents itself, what difference means. I enjoy questioning mainstream ideas of disability and I thoroughly disagree with the idea that disability is something to cure, that people with disabilities are broken bits of flesh that need fixing. Let’s talk about difference. —By Meriah Nichols DISABILITY OR SPECIAL NEEDS?

I’ve got to admit that when I joined the “special needs” community—six years ago by way of giving birth to my daughter with Down Syndrome— I was confused with all the “special needs” this and that. As a deaf woman with bipolar disorder, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury, I was and am completely used to the term “disability”—but “special needs”? I wasn’t sure about that at all. dis-a-bled: Physically or mentally impaired, injured, or incapacitated. Also: impaired in a way that substantially limits activity especially in relation to employment or education. special needs: The special educational requirements of those with learning difficulties, emotional or behavioral problems, or physical disabilities. —, Merriam-Webster


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Common definitions of these terms cause basically well-meaning people to assume that because I can’t hear without hearing aids, because I can’t see without glasses, because I can’t mentally function without drugs or care, and because my brain switches off when under stress, I’m disadvantageously “impaired, injured, or incapacitated,” and therefore my quality of life is reduced. While I appreciate that our culture has created a “sociopolitical model” that tries to accommodate…“us”… I must say: I’m disabled—but I’m not “impaired, injured, or incapacitated.” No, in fact, I think I’m quite highly able and in full capacity of my own self. As for “special needs,” evidently they are an outcome of disability, not disabilities themselves. Special needs are the accommodations that have been devised to assist those whose bodies, brains, and/or senses are wired and tapped in a unique way.


When interacting with parents of kids with disabilities, I notice two things. People used the terms “disabled” and “special needs” interchangeably, and most parents of kids with nonvisible disabilities like Autism or with less-visible disabilities like Down Syndrome prefer “special needs.” I have a hunch that the latter is because “special needs” has a softer sound to it. Like, “my kid is normal; s/he just has some needs that are singular, uncommon!” “Special needs” doesn’t sound quite as stigmatized as “disabled” does; doesn’t sound as…oh, “wheelchair bound” or “crippled.” It’s just kind of like, “little Johnny is remarkable” and not so much “little Johnny has constant seizures.” I think that we—as a society— seem to dislike the word “disability,” walking on eggshells when interacting with people with disabilities. We just don’t dig it.


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From left, Dad Mikey, Micah, Moxie, Mom Meriah, and Mack. Meriah is a “nomadic, roadschooling mama” who writes about travel, disability, and off-the-grid life. She is deaf, and Moxie—also shown on previous page—has Down Syndrome. See more at

Since there’s not a better English word to use instead, people within the disabled community have gone about reclaiming the word “disabled.” We also have attempted to place disability within a social model. This model assumes that some folks live with physical, sensory, intellectual, and/or psychological variations, and that these variations might cause individual functional limitations. However, these limitations do not have to lead to disability. The “disability” lies within a social system that fails to include people regardless of their differences. As for “disability” and “special needs,” the terms are not interchangeable. In general, when we prefer the term “special needs”—when we use “special needs” interchangeably with “disability”—we are weakening both, losing the value and meaning of both. Many kids without disabilities are on the special needs track in school; many people with special needs do not have a disability. Many people with a disability do not have special needs. EVERYBODY’S SPECIAL

And—while we are talking about it—“special needs” is just as inaccurate a term as is “disability,” because who on earth does not have special needs? We all do. I find the word misleading, because again, it groups together very disparate people with very disparate characteristics into an educational setting, saying, “these kids need to be taught differently than everyone else.” And it assumes that one teacher has expertise in about a million specialties. As a teacher, I can tell you with conviction that everyone needs to be taught differently than everyone else. We all learn in unique ways; we all have needs that are special unto ourselves! “Disability” does not need to be such a scary, unsexy, stigmatizing word. We can use it, and use it well, use it often, use it in good ways, in describing ourselves and our children. We can describe all those who uniquely use their minds, senses, bodies—and, in my opinion, feelings— without signaling “impairment.” By being conscious of how we talk about disability, then we change the power that lies in the word. We transform it. “Disability” holds the potential to a power to see and experience the world in a completely different way. Say the word. 32

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ASK THE DOCTOR Can alternative health care help kids with disabilities? In general, the physical aspects of treating a child with disabilities are similar to those involved in treating any other patient—but certain approaches work well with the dynamics of specific disabilities. For example, we have noticed that many children with Down Syndrome can experience a variety of complications, some of which become more prominent as they get older. These include heart defects, leukemia, infectious diseases, dementia, sleep apnea, obesity, thyroid and digestive symptoms. Therefore, we begin with an evaluation centered on these particular areas with diagnostic testing such as blood panels, an EKG, and a comprehensive

stool analysis. Our focus is on interventions that contribute to the best quality of life for any given patient. At Alternative Health Care Center, our evaluations focus on five areas of health: Optimal Nutrition, Spinal Health, Physical Fitness, Emotional Balance, and Toxin Elimination. Our experience in treating kids with disabilities helps us to target which of these is most important for each of our young patients. In Best Health, Dr. Robert Kuyper

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Standing Up for Dyslexia

When Avery Boechler thought about the other kids who struggle to read, he got out of his comfort zone and testified in support of a legislative bill intended to change educational standards. “I did it to help everyone else out,” he says.

By Kristin Donnan Reporting by Jenna Carda


t made no sense. Avery Boechler was involved in student ambassadors, music, and his church. He ran track, played football, basketball, baseball, and soccer; he enjoyed rock climbing and slacklining. He succeeded at everything he did—with straight A’s to prove it—except when it came to reading and writing. His mom, Tara, had definitely noticed “something” early on. Avery didn’t talk until he was four years old; by age five, he was advanced in some aspects of school, but certain things were hard for him to remember. Right and left were confusing; he couldn’t say certain common words, or tie his shoes. “It killed me as a mother, and especially as a reading teacher, as to why I couldn’t figure it out,” Tara says. In first grade, Children’s Care Hospital referred Avery to Black Hills Learning Solutions, where Dr. Robert Arnio diagnosed their son with moderate to severe dyslexia. Finally, things began to fall into place—but not everything. The Boechlers learned that dyslexia is a common learning disability, and according

to the Dyslexia Center of Utah, one in every five students has a language-based disability. Dyslexia is a lifelong condition where people have difficulty identifying speech sounds and learning how to relate letters and words—but the rest of their brains work fine. Yale University research shows that in typical readers, “reading and IQ development are linked over time,” but in dyslexic readers, “reading and cognition develop more independently.” So a high-functioning kid like Avery really could get straight A’s; he just couldn’t read or write like the other kids in his class. Most students who have been diagnosed can succeed and even excel with tutoring and alternative learning methods such as observing and listening. In South Dakota public schools at the time, however, dyslexia accommodations weren’t so easy to come by. While the condition was “known,” the available help wasn’t quite making the grade for Avery. Therefore, South Dakota State Representative Lynne DiSanto, along with other legislators, authored House Bill 1198, intended to expand dyslexia’s definition, as well as related provisions in the school system. Avery—along with several students, parents, educators, and professionals—testified in front of the Department of Education in Pierre last year in support of the bill. “It was kind of nerve wracking,” Avery recalls. Kids can feel a lot of different emotions when their abilities don’t match with everyone else’s in their classrooms. But success comes in many forms. Avery learned that he is equal to the task of standing up for what he believes. “In life, if you have a challenge, you just need to go out and do something,” he says. Two years ago, Avery landed a paraprofessional—an in-school tutor who helps with reading, writing, and math—along with other accommodations. Now, nothing can stop him.

STRAIGHT TO THE TOP Dyslexia has been included in the state’s Department of Education list of Specific Learning Disabilities for years, and general testing has been available. However, the accommodations for students with dyslexia—before House Bill 1198—allowed some kids to fall through the cracks, especially otherwise highfunctioning students. Two bills, the original dyslexia bill, HB1198, and a new one introduced in the 2017 session, HB1133, have stimulated the Department of Education to initiate a fiveyear plan to bring awareness of the learning disability to the forefront of education. “None of us wants to see students struggle,” says Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. “That’s one of the reasons why…a work group consisting of educators, higher education, parents, and school board members was created.” South Dakota’s plan will increase knowledge about dyslexia in schools, and add screening strategies and updated tools. The plan also will include guidelines for university programs to include structured literacy and dyslexia training in elementary education and reading endorsement programs.

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After life-flighting their 11-day-old son to Denver for surgery, Korbin’s parents searched for local, long-term care. They found it.


rista Andrzejczak developed HELLP Syndrome—a variant of pre-eclampsia— at 29 weeks into her pregnancy. The next week, she welcomed son Korbin into the world. He weighed two pounds, two ounces, and measured fourteen inches long. At first, Korbin seemed fairly healthy, suffering only a partially collapsed lung. Then he developed a cascade of serious complications, including: an intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) requiring surgery; infection-caused brain injury; periventricular leukomalacia (PVL); seizures; and the effects of cerebral palsy. “It has been a roller coaster,” explains Krista with tears in her eyes. “We have experienced a

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“I FELT LIKE NO ONE CARED ABOUT US, BUT CHILDREN’S THERAPY SERVICES HAS RESTORED MY FAITH IN HEALTHCARE.” lot of struggle, but also this has been the biggest blessing at the same time.” The Andrzejcak family is thankful for every moment, from when Korbin began tracking with his eyes, latched onto a “binky,” or began communicating; each action and milestone is a miraculous endeavor. Those are the peaks. And every roller coaster heads downhill. Jumping through financial hoops, dealing with insurance companies, and looking for educated specialists were just a few of the valleys. After traveling to Denver for help on a biweekly basis for months, Krista began to assess the pros and cons of permanently moving closer to the city—until one of her occupational therapists in Denver called Children’s Therapy Services in Rapid City. “Honestly, I hesitated for quite a while before calling them,” Krista says. She had lost faith in finding a local option for Korbin. That one call changed everything. Since June 2016, Krista and Korbin have been part of the family at Children’s Therapy Services and couldn’t be more impressed with the care and service they receive. The moment they walk through the doors, they are greeted with smiles, and by name. “They’ve been a breath of fresh air,” Krista says. After so many specialists had focused on the milestones Korbin had not been meeting, Children’s Therapy Services has shown Krista that her son can do the things she hopes for him, just on his own timeline. Now, at age four, Korbin is taking strides in his development—learning new things on a daily basis. And Krista attributes a majority of his progress to Children’s Therapy Services. “I felt like no one cared about us,” Krista says, “but I don’t feel that way at all now. Children’s Therapy Services has restored my faith in healthcare and in humanity.”


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Team Parenting 101 Can a “Real Man” stay at home? Can he successfully take over homeschooling the family’s kids and still keep his Dad-ness? Inspired by Clark Kent’s big secret, Todd White shows his true colors. By Kristin Donnan CHAPTER 1: BOY MEETS GIRL

In high school, Frannie Wagner was obsessed with Superman. Posters and pillows brightened her room, and she even wore a cape on Halloween, dressed as “SuperFran.” Her English essays featured her in the starring role, as Lois Lane. Teachers noticed her natural expression and selfpossession, and encouraged her to make radio shows for English class. While still in high school, she got a job as the weekend weather anchor at KNBN, Rapid City’s NBC affiliate; by her senior year in college, she managed Black Hills State’s radio station. Lois Lane was on the rise. Meanwhile, “city boy” Todd White had bolted from Delaware and into the Air Force with an undergraduate degree in communications. He arrived in Rapid City as a B-1 crew chief who knew something about television. He knew that Delaware falls into Philadelphia’s market, the fourth largest in the country—and that Rapid City was #175, smaller and easier to approach for a job. After his tour was over, Todd decided to stay in Rapid City. His first media job involved running a studio camera during newscasts—and then he transferred over to KNBN as a fulltime news photographer. There, photographers “chauffered” reporters to the sites of stories they were covering together. By the time he got to KNBN, Frannie was a self-assured reporter. The question was whether he could become Clark Kent. Just as in DC Comics, Frannie and Todd fell for each other, although Todd fell first. “Frannie was such a confident person,” Todd recalls. “I started to really like her, but I got the feeling that she couldn’t really care less. She’s not an easy sell.” Eventually, however, she softened. “He treated me really, really well,” she says, “and I thought there was no possible way that anyone could treat me better than this guy

does.” Everything was looking up for the couple, especially since Frannie was positioned to take over as the lead anchor for the station. “I thought I would work there forever,” she says. Then boom! The romantic comedy—and the relationship—took a turn. Frannie remembers as if it were yesterday: “It was August 19, 2002, during the Battle Creek forest fire in the Black Hills,” she says. “I did the story—and then stayed for several extra hours because of the chaos of the fire.” She finally drove to Todd’s house, exhausted. “We talked about this media career we thought we wanted,” she says. “I was working every weekend and holiday. And assuming I was promoted, then I would work every weekday until 10:30 at night.” Todd’s schedule was no better; he worked late on every shift. “If we stayed, at least one of us would miss our future kids’ dinner hour,” he says. “We decided that our life together was more important than our individual careers.” This conversation would set the stage for how the couple would make important decisions throughout their marriage. They both decided to quit then and there.

“I WASN’T WORRIED. I HAD FAITH,” FRANNIE SAYS. “IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.” The next morning found Todd and Frannie calculating their next move. “It was three months until we would be married, and in the meantime we had two house payments, and two cars,” she says. Still, they looked ahead with hope. From midnight of August 20 onward, they simply knew they would be each other’s superhero. Their first stop was the newspaper, where they started looking for work. Todd immediately found a post developing film for a local photo processor—a job still within his interest area of photography— while Frannie called on a listing for West River Business Service Center. There, she quickly found she could make more money as an administrative assistant than she had as Lois Lane. After two months, she transitioned to the SBA 504 loan program even though “I thought I was done with math after college algebra,” Frannie says. She went to Denver for a one-week training, popped home for her own wedding that Friday, and started doing 504 loans the next Monday. That’s how superheroes do it. Black Hills Parent




Thirteen years and two children later, Frannie floated the question: Would Todd want to leave his day job and contribute to their family by homeschooling? “I thought, ‘I don’t like what I’m hearing,’” Todd says. “Because a man’s traditional role is to continue on a working path, like it or not, no matter what.” Surely, Clark Kent would never become a stay-at-home dad. But Frannie had a point. Since leaving KNBN, Todd’s career path had been less direct than hers—after processing film, he had gravitated toward sales jobs, while she’d remained at the Business Service Center. His work wasn’t inspiring in the way he had envisioned a television career would be. And Frannie’s salary had grown enough that they could survive on her income. A self-confessed “control freak and smother-mother,” she had already spent an entire summer researching homeschool curricula, and then taught her children for two years—while working full-time. Homeschool was just something she had always wanted to do. “I liked the idea because it provided more flexibility in a family’s life,” she says. “I wanted to be with my kids. I didn’t love the idea of sending them off for someone else to teach them.” On the other hand, Todd had expressed reservations even at the early stages. “Frannie definitely had to convince me,” he says. “I had this idea of the ‘weird homeschooled kid’ with no social skills and no friends. I was way more hesitant than she was.” After seeing her research, Todd supported the experiment. “She had it all laid out,” he recalls. “She had to know what she was doing, to do both work and homeschool at same time.” “I knew how much work each day would get us through the curricula in the year,” Frannie says. “On days when I was working at home, Asher sat at the table with me, doing his school work.” Asher pipes up, “I remember her typing while checking my work at the same time, and I asked, ‘How are you doing this?’ It was crazy; it was awesome.” By the time Frannie had the idea of transitioning out of the teacher role, she had laid the track for Todd. “But it had to be his decision. I just put a bug in his ear,” Frannie says. “The truth is that Todd is much more patient than I am, and he’s a better teacher. I knew he would be better at homeschooling than I was.” The Whites were not anti-public school. Asher had attended Montessori preschool and kindergarten, and then public school through second grade. “At first, I thought it wouldn’t be fun, and that I would miss my friends,” he says. “But I got used to it quickly, mostly because I wasn’t understanding things in school. At home, though, we had a different curriculum—or maybe it was because of the different environment—but I said, ‘How was I not understanding this before?’” Todd’s initial concerns about “weird homeschooled kids” disappeared once he saw his family in action. “In homeschool, the kids are well-rounded,” he says. “They spend time with people of all ages. They go to Sunday School, gymnastics, tae kwon do, piano, youth group 40

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“WE THINK THERE’S A HOLE IN EDUCATION WHEN YOU LEAVE OUT SPIRITUALITY,” TODD SAYS. SO THE FAMILY WORKS FROM A CHRISTIANBASED CURRICULUM. at church,” he says. “They interact with kids in regular school and in the neighborhood; they all get along fine.” With all of this evidence at hand, Todd considered what it would be like to be Dad and Teacher. “I realized that all parents are teaching all the time, whether or not their kids go to public school,” he says. “You might be building a deck or working on a math lesson—or maybe the deck is a math lesson. You’re the same guy all the time. You’re the dad.” Todd saw a natural end to the last regular job he held—as a salesman at Scheels, where he covered seven miles on the floor each day, and worked every other weekend. He “wanted to do things with these kids of ours,” but he still had what he calls a “hang-up about providing for the family by making money.” That hang-up shifted with the response of his male friends. “Everybody’s been positive, even guys I thought wouldn’t be,” Todd says. “They saw something in me, whereas I never saw myself as a teacher. They said, ‘you’ll be really good at that.’” Now, Todd feels “much more in it. I’m doing it my own way now,” he says. “For example, I’m more relaxed with scheduling. When Frannie was teaching, she would want math to be done at 10 o’clock, and I say if it takes until noon, no big deal. Our only family disagreements come when she tries to usurp control.” Frannie laughs at this, and nods, admitting that she sometimes noses in. “In the end, he’s way more fun than I am—both in teaching and in life,” she says. “He wakes up singing and dancing.” Daughter Elle, who is eight years The Whites credit a lot old and knows only homeschooling, of their homeschooling says, “I love it, with Dad being success to The Wellour teacher. It’s easier. Mom is all Trained Mind; A Guide business, and was also at work, so to Classical Education we had to wait for things. We have at Home, by Susan Dad’s attention all the time—and Wise Bauer. “It lays out he does dance. Just randomly, he programs in three different dances. Schooling is fun.” four-year periods, and takes a student through a To illustrate their collective subject chronologically, at solidarity, the clan suggests a family different intervals related to project—one related to the fact that age,” Todd explains. “The Asher and his mother have similar program provides ‘mental interests. He makes videos, just like pegs’ that we can hang she made radio shows; they both information on later in the collect trading cards. He carefully teaching cycle.” See page fans out her vintage collection: 4, “On the Cover” for local homeschooling resources. Superman. Hundreds of them.

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“Many students with whom I’ve spoken who struggle with attendance have told me that they make a point to attend Mrs. Robertson’s class, even if they don’t attend any others.” —Rapid City High School Principal Shane Heilman

Cynthia Robertson isn’t afraid to take chances—and in the process, her classroom at the alternative Rapid City High School is a Petrie dish for change. Cynthia implements an “alternative” learning system, all right—one that challenges her students to improve their critical thinking, while also becoming stronger writers, speakers, and listeners. One aspect of her approach is “ungrading,” a standards-based assessment strategy that focuses on learning without the usual quantitative measures. “Students do assigned work in the class, and create portfolios— of writing, research, and larger projects that incorporate many themes,” she says. “I evaluate their work with verbal and written feedback, and the students assess themselves biweekly, too. They record how they’re doing, so that I can help them with specific areas.” At the end of term, the students do receive a letter grade, but by then, they’ve tackled their challenges. Grades reflect the organic, stress-free growth they’ve demonstrated.


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“Diane has inspired countless students to become successful and positive adults— people who were in her classes more than 20 years ago remember her caring nature and say that she changed their lives.” Shawna, daughter



“I truly believe I was born to do this job. When I was little, I wanted to teach—just so I could write on the chalkboard. Later, when I went to college and started working with kids, I knew instantly that I had picked the right career.”

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Diane always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She began her teaching career at Wilson Elementary School in Rapid City and has been there for the past 27 years, inspiring countless students and changing their lives for the better. Her engaging, interactive approach to teaching also paved the way for her own daughter, Shawna Delaney, to follow in her footsteps. “My mom has inspired me to become a teacher, and she is the best one I have ever encountered,” Shawna says. “Throughout my entire life, I have been approached by past students who still rave about her.”

Diane teaches all subjects, including reading, writing, math, and more— but, when you ask what her favorite lessons are to teach, with no hesitation she replies “science.” She teaches science in two fourth-grade classrooms and enjoys coming up with hands-on demonstrations for the kids. Whether it is gathering a DNA strand from a strawberry, exploding a clay volcano, or building ecosystems, Diane’s students are having a blast while learning. “I love having fun with them, and laughing with them. I love their personalities and their thirst for knowledge,” she says. “I spend more time with my students than with my

own family, and we talk about what family means. My students look out for one another, protect one another, and encourage one another.” Likewise, Diane also looks out for her fellow teachers. Daughter Shawna reports that her mom is the Rapid City Education Association representative for her school, and that teachers come to her for support. Diane specializes in making a difference in people’s lives. Each year, she adds 30 kids to her “family,” hoping that her students leave in the spring “knowing they are precious, important human beings, and that they are loved,” she says.






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“Mr. Oleson’s patience with children is exceptional, and his skill for teaching a tween age-group is phenomenal. He is a great man who loves his job, and it shows in his students each and every day.” —Katlynn, parent JOHN OLESON


“There’s a spark in each kid. They all learn differently, at their own paces and with their own styles. My job is to discover who they are as humans and as children. My job is to reach them, to form relationships. To form a connection with each one.”

At the age of 30, “Mr. O.” was diagnosed with Stage-4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After six months of intense chemotherapy, with a 50/50 chance of survival, he credits his recovery to his outlook on teaching— and on life in general. “I am now 18 years’ cancer free, but what I got out of this was a new beginning to life,” John says. “I see life differently now, and I don’t take things for granted— which is what I bring into my classroom. I teach my students that each day is a new day, just like a slate; I can wipe it clean and start the next day with a better attitude and a new beginning. I teach my students to live life to the fullest and to never let anything slow them down.” Mr. O. prepares for lessons late into the evening and provides school supplies, clothes, food, or just a listening role model. His biggest fan and support system is his wife, Alice. “From going to baseball games, hockey games, recitals, and concerts, there is nothing ‘Mr. O.’ wouldn’t do for his cherubs,” she says. “John embraces life’s journey, his faith and love for family, and all things that encompass education—all of which have made him into the amazing person he is today,” Alice adds. “He is an amazing father, husband, mentor, role model, friend...and one amazing teacher.” Black Hills Parent



“Both of my children have had Ms. Schamber as a teacher, and both of them not only became better math students—but also, they have learned how to work hard to achieve goals that may have originally been viewed as unattainable.”

— Jay Beagle, Principal




“A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you teach middle school?’ And I say, ‘How can you not?’ This is the time when kids are looking for their identities, considering their career tracks, wondering what will they be when they grow up. It’s an important time to be a part of their lives.”

Some teachers know how to step into their students’ worlds, providing an ever-present support system. While Wendy Schamber’s day job is to teach eighth-grade mathematics, you’ll find her all over the place and at all hours—she’s supervising the Key Club and Builders Club, and serving as the district’s math chairperson. She’s running the clock and keeping score at basketball, volleyball, and football games. “I could go and just watch, but my students enjoy seeing me as an active part of their world, not just as a spectator,” Wendy says. “In my classroom, they are on my turf, but on the field or court, I get to step onto their turf. That’s where they get to shine!” Wendy has spent years in the middle-school scene, a phase of life when kids often “have a tough time. Their

own parents only get them for a moment” during this temperamental, transitional age range, so Wendy tries to provide extra reinforcement. “These kids can relate to me— and they keep me young,” she says. Wendy is determined to teach her students what they need to succeed, both academically and personally. As a lifelong learner, she also strives to set an example for her kids. She hopes this example inspires them to be active in their school and community—and to make positive choices that will impact their opportunities in the future. “Her students will tell you that she has very high expectations of them,” says her principal, Jay Beagle. “They will also tell you that she is fair, creative, and cares very deeply about them as people, inside and outside of school.”






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“The first thing I love about my kids is the hugs. They’re excited to be there, and I’m excited to watch them learn. They come in as potential, and I watch that potential as it keeps increasing.”

This year, Lisa Skovlund did the impossible. Just two weeks into the school year, she was happily teaching her K–2 Special Ed students when another instructor suddenly left. The 3–5-grade class was teacherless. “I didn’t hesitate,” Lisa says. “I said, ‘I’ll do it!’ I didn’t want to leave those children in limbo.” She and Dr. Seuss spent the Labor Day weekend decorating the room— and reformatting her entire curriculum schedule. Lisa arranged to integrate some of her former class into the new room, and now she’s teaching grades 1 through 5. No one missed a beat because of her active, inspiring classroom and enthusiastic approach. “Teaching a multi-grade special education classroom allows me to meet the students at their current levels,” Lisa says, “but I can’t do it alone.” She credits her students’ families and her co-workers at the Meade School District as being essential to the Special Ed team’s success. Black Hills Parent



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The arts are recognized as a core academic subject under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and 48 states have adopted standards for learning in the arts.

Students who are involved in the arts are 4x times more likely to participate in a math and science fair.


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FULL “STEAM” AHEAD HELPING KIDS TO SUCCEED AT SCHOOL By Kristin Donnan or years, education experts and legislators have tussled with defining best practices for teaching our students. Still, we’re left with this foundational question: “What does my child need to know to succeed?” With the newest education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we’re closer to an answer. You might have heard of STEM— Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—which in recent years has formed the basis of standardized testing. Our country’s focus on STEM originated from a sense of “competition” with students in other countries who were excelling in these areas. The new legislation has opened the door to what some are calling “STEAM.” “A” is for the Arts.





Nearly three-fourths of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.



Students who take four years of arts and music classes average almost 100 points better on their SAT scores than students who take only one-half year or less.

The answer is creativity. It took time, experience, and research for people to realize what really makes effective learners and workers. Creativity not only improves academic performance in the short term, but also it is the primary skill that between 70 and 80 percent of North American business leaders are looking for when they hire employees. And when it comes to science, Americans for the Arts reports that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than are other scientists. “Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, (along with) lower drop-out rates—benefits

• A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and three times more likely to be elected to class office. •T  he arts reach students who might otherwise slip through the cracks, or who have different-than-average learning styles. • The arts create a feeling of connection and cooperation among students. • Four percent of low-income students with high arts engagement drop out of high school, as compared with 22 percent for those with low engagement. Likewise, these students are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with low arts engagement. All figures courtesy of Americans for the Arts.

reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status,” writes Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy for Americans for the Arts. “Students with four years of arts or music in high school average 100 points higher on the verbal and math portions of their SATs than students with just one-half year of arts or music.” He adds that 89 percent of Americans believe that arts are part of a wellrounded K-12 education. IMPLEMENTATION

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93 percent of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a wellrounded education.

Two-thirds of public school teachers believe that the arts are getting crowded out of the school day.



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South Dakota’s Department of Education (DOE), says that in the year-plus since the new legislation was signed into law, several work groups have delved into the details—both of the law and of education priorities for South Dakota. “Now we’re in the process of engaging with parent groups, tribal representatives, and other stakeholders to get their thoughts,” she says. This information will THE NEW LAW contribute to our state’s AT A GLANCE education plan, which The reason for upgrading the will be submitted to the education law, according to the US DOE: “No Child Left Behind, federal DOE this fall. the previous version…exposed Although Stadick achievement gaps among Smith expresses concern underserved students and their about funding under the peers and spurred an important national dialogue on education new law to integrate arts improvement.” The result is programs specifically, change that focuses on the the South Dakota following points, among others: Arts Council (SDAC) • Advances equity for America’s disadvantaged and high-need sees new possibilities. students, and supports our “These new provisions lowest-performing schools. actually open up • Targets the education needs funds that can be used of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian for arts education,” students; in South Dakota says SDAC Assistant this means greater autonomy Director Rebecca for the Bureau of Indian Cruse. Therefore, if Education, with oversight by the US Secretary of Interior. parents want more • Requires—for the first time— focus on the arts, they’ll that all students in America be have to make sure to taught to standards that will say so. Cruse reminds prepare them to succeed in college and careers. parents, teachers, and • Expands the definition of administrators to reach “well-rounded education” to out to the their local allow room for various arts school districts and disciplines as core subjects. • Helps to support and grow the Department of local innovations, meaning that Education in order to each state has significant consider creative ways input as to how its children are to use these funds. best served. 50

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s a parent, your number-one goal is to help your child to succeed. Understanding your children’s rights— and your rights as their parent—is an important step in achieving that success. Here’s a brief overview of those rights as they apply to education and financial planning.


Congress has adopted several Acts, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to safeguard the civil rights of students with disabilities. The Acts require schools to identify, evaluate, and accommodate the educational needs of students with disabilities. In addition to setting forth the rights afforded to students with disabilities, the Acts also outline parents’ rights. These rights include: • Access to inspect all of your child’s records; • Receiving notice of all of your child’s evaluations and placements; • Having a hearing before an impartial third party, if necessary, to resolve disagreements regarding your child’s evaluation or accommodations; and • Having all grievances investigated by a local district coordinator and/or a U.S. Department of Education representative. If you have a child with disabilities, it is important that you are familiar with these Acts and the rights they afford you and your child. South Dakota Parent Connection is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and training to parents and professionals who care for and work with students with disabilities. Their website——contains a wealth of information, including online training and resource guides.


If your child with disabilities currently receives means-tested state and/or federal benefits or will likely receive those benefits in the coming years, planning for his or her financial future can be challenging. You want to make sure that your child has a place to live and enough money to provide a comfortable life, but if you have more than $2,000 in the designated bank account, your child can end up losing government benefits. One of the ways you can protect your child is by setting up a Supplemental Needs Trust, sometimes called a Special Needs Trust. Based on a provision of the U.S. Code, by putting money in such a Trust you can ensure that your child has money available without putting government benefits at risk. For these trusts to work property, they must be carefully drafted and carefully administered. You should consult with an attorney if you are interested in learning more about Supplemental Needs Trusts.


For a long time, creating a Supplemental Needs Trust was the only way that individuals with disabilities could save money. However, just last year, in July 2016, South Dakota joined a number of other states in adopting the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The ABLE Act allows qualified individuals with disabilities to contribute up to $14,000 a year to an ABLE account. Funds held in the ABLE account are not included as the individual’s assets for the purpose of qualifying for means-tested benefits such as Medicaid and Social Security. Individuals can save up to $100,000 in an ABLE account without affecting their benefit eligibility. The money in the account can be used for any “qualified disability expense.” A qualified disability expense is any expense that is a result of living with a disability. Additionally, distributions from the ABLE account, including income earned by the account, are tax free if used for qualified disability expenses. For most people, the use of an ABLE account will not obviate the need for a Supplemental Needs Trust, but it can provide a good additional financial planning option. Black Hills Parent



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hen children come into the court system, they have lost a lot—their families, their pets, and sometimes their siblings—at no fault of their own. Many have been hurt within the home, or removed for their own safety. In cases where legal representation is assigned by the state, most courtrooms will not have children appear in front of the judge. This is where the Seventh Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program steps in—to give a voice to children in need. It all started in 1977, when a Seattle juvenile court judge was concerned about drastic decisions that were being made in the

life of a particular child. The judge didn’t think that the full story was in play, so he used this one case to begin a program of volunteer citizens to act on behalf of children. The concept was to train these volunteers in the special skills needed in the courtroom, ensuring that they would act in the children’s best interest, without any personal or other agenda. South Dakota began the program in 1986 in Rapid City; in 1988, CASA assigned the first volunteer at the Seventh Circuit CASA Program, which serves Pennington, Custer, and Fall River counties. In the past 30 years, the program has been able to represent more than 1,300 children with the help of dedicated volunteers in the Black Hills. “We’re all like jigsaw puzzle pieces,” explained Shirley Sutherland, Interim Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator at the Seventh Circuit CASA Program. “We want these children to be in a safe, loving environment; we want them to be taken care of.” Shirley has been a part of CASA’s mission for the past 17 years. Starting in Delaware, Shirley was inspired to volunteer through a friend who worked with child abuse awareness. When Shirley’s husband’s military posting took them to life in Oklahoma, where there was


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no CASA program, she saw an opportunity. She started the program from the ground up, and eight years later, the Third District CASA in Altus had trained more than 100 volunteers and represented more than 300 children. Naturally, when the Shirley’s life took her to Rapid City, she again sought out the local program as a volunteer. Now, as a Volunteer Coordinator, she is educating others on the importance of CASA in the community, as well as its purpose within the courtroom. “Judge Robert Gusinsky—who is our acting judge for neglect and abuse crime—takes into account the information the CASA volunteers provide,” Shirley explained. CASA volunteers will write reports, just as the Department of Social Services does, to transmit information about children to the judge to consider. In these reports, volunteers will talk about things the children like to do and oftentimes things they hope for, including seeing their pets or receiving sibling visits, if they have been placed with different foster care providers. The CASA volunteers visit their appointed children once a week, and really get to know each one. “They go on outings, attend plays at school, and spend time with them,” said Shirley. “CASA volunteers get to know the children so that they can feel safe to talk about the things they miss.” The goal is to determine what is in the best interest of each child—ultimately finding a safe, permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. This goal has attracted the attention of the newly appointed Executive Director of the Seventh Circuit CASA Program, Kehala Two Bulls. “I really respect the volunteerism from the community by putting the children and their individual needs at the center, without imposing an outside agenda,” she expressed. “It think it is a beautiful model, and I am proud and excited to begin working here.” The volunteers are the heart of CASA initiatives across America, and learning how to help is not as difficult as one may think. CASA provides extensive training—all the way through the volunteers’ swearing-in at court. “CASA volunteers get to be a positive resource to these children to help them turn a bad situation into something that can benefit them down the road,” Shirley explained. “Our children are our most valuable and vulnerable resource, and they need to be protected. You just need to have the heart and the determination to say ‘I want to make a difference in a child’s life.’” Volunteer training will begin March 11, 2017. For more information, visit

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The stock show features events such as the Ranch Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trials, Bron Match, and so much more. All Day,Rapid City,

Bundle up, bring your sled, and take a winter-evening hike. Gather around the fire for music, hot chocolate, and treats. Snowshoes available to try (if there is snow). Minors must attend with an adult. All ages, 6-7:30 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310

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FREE – Book Buddies

Wednesday 1

A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

FREE – Storytime & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories and a craft with children. Ages: 3-10, 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St., 605.394.4171

FREE – North American Trick Riding Competition

Back in the days of Trick and Fancy Riding, North American cowboy & cowgirls competed for prize money at rodeos and Wild West Shows, performing death defying stunts on the back of galloping horses. See tricks and stunts from the past along with new tricks invented by Trick and Fancy Riders from around the world! 1-2 p.m., Barnett Arena, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115 Thursday 2

Groundhog Day

Every Wednesday

FREE – Tiny Tales

Library children’s storytelling with flannel boards, puppetry, and engaging music! 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171

Friday 3

National Wear Red Day

A day raising public awareness of heart disease in women and ways to avoid and combat this problem.

Every Thursday

FREE – Baby Bookworms

Enchanting tales for families. Ages: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171 Most Saturdays

Open Paint Studio

Wednesday 1-5

Come express your creative side! Purchase your canvas and we’ll supply brushes, paint, and plenty of inspiration. *Call ahead for availability. Noon-4 p.m., Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph St., Rapid City, 605.791.3578

Sunday 5

Youth Shinny on the Ice Rink

Shinny is an all-comers casual hockey game on the ice rink at Main Street Square. 11-11:45 a.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

FREE – Winter at Night

Friday 10

Lights on the Ice Teen Night

Main Street Square Ice Rink transforms into a dance party for teens complete with lights and today’s top hits! 5-9 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Friday 10-26

DATE NIGHT – The Lion in Winter

Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son for the throne. This intriguing play bristles with keen historical insight, psychological drama and potent wit. *Includes adult situations and mild language. Tickets and showtimes online. Black Hills Community Theatre, 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, 605.394.1786 Saturday 11

Black Hills Cares Walk for Warmth

Help those in financial need heat their homes in the coldest months of winter and cool their homes in the extreeme heat of summer. 2 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979

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Rush Hockey vs. Allen Americans

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Valentine’s Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike Guided snowshoe hike near Grace Coolidge Creek. 1 p.m., Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center, Custer State Park 605.255.4464 Saturday 11

DATE NIGHT Fire & Ice Fundraising Event

Enjoy a night at the 15th Annual fundraiser benefiting the Seventh Circuit CASA Program. Tickets available online. 5:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, 505 N. 5th St., Rapid City, 605.394.2203 Saturday 11

FREE – Waterfowl Identification

Discover tips for identifying waterfowl on the water or in the air. Dress for the weather, and bring your binoculars to get a better look as we hike on the trail. Journals will be provided to record your skills as a junior ornithologist. Ages 8-12, 1-2 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Saturday 11

FREE – Saturday Art Adventures: Valentine Surprise

Roses are red, violets are blue, we love to make Art, how about you? Join us for our Valentine themed Saturday Art Adventure! We’ll have all you need to make that special Valentine for that special someone! 1-3, Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101

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5th Annual Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off & Minnow Races Prizes will be awarded for all chili categories and minnow races. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Street, Hill City, 605.381.1293 Sunday 19

Youth Shinny on the Ice Rink

Shinny is an all-comers casual hockey game on the ice rink at Main Street Square. 11-11:45 a.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Sunday 19

phone or on Facebook: @rapidcityrecycles. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Solid Waste Education Center, 5265 Hwy 79, Rapid City, 605.939.8286

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Discovery Expedition: Pioneer Technology

Bring the whole family for activities, experiments and crafts that make learning FUN! Geared toward families with members ages 5 to 105. (Incl with Admission/Membership) 3:30 p.m., The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, 605.394.6923 Tuesday 14

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Discovery Expedition: Moons of the Planets

All about moons: activities, experiments, and crafts that make learning FUN! 3:30 p.m., The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, 605.394.6923 Saturday 18

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Skates and a Movie

Featuring Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. 5-7 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Saturday 18

FREE – Suns on Canvas Up-cycle Saturday Adventures – Arts, crafts, and recycling for kids of all ages. Make beautiful sunshine art using left over material. RSVP to Beth-Anne by

Cupid’s Arrow 5k Run T-shirt included with full registration. Check in: 8 a.m., Start: 9 a.m., Lions Park, Spearfish, 605.722.1430 Saturday 18

Cookies and Bookies

Celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie’s 100th year! We will sample cookies while listening to stories of girls that are leaders. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sturgis Public Library, 1040 2nd Street #101, Sturgis, 605.347.2624

Family Fun Day: Snow Day

Watch a film about snow and why snowflakes are unique. Craft 3-D or one tip snowflakes and take home a free packet with games, puzzles, and information about snow. Refreshments served. $2 per person or free with museum membership. Call for reservations. Tri-State Museum, 415 5th Ave., Belle Fourche, 605.723.1200 Monday 20

Presidents Day (Happy Birthday George Washington!)

the weather to head outside and practice these skills. Age 8-12, 6:30-8 p.m., Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 605.394.2310 Friday 24-25

Mardi Gras Weekend in Deadwood

Bring the whole family or get a sitter and head for the hills for a variety of Mardi Gras activities: a parade and bead toss, FREE progressive dinner, Cajun cook-off & more! Saturday 25

Last Day to Skate Beach Party

Don’t miss the last day of ice skating at Main Street Square. (May change depending on weather.) 1-5 p.m., Main Street Square, Rapid City, 605.716.7979 Saturday 25

American Heart Association Ball A fundraising event to celebrate lives saved and improved. 5:30-10 p.m., Rusmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.754.6267

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FREE – National Park Service Fee Free Day Badlands National Park Wind Cave National Park Jewel Cave National Monument Devils Tower National Monument Thursday 23

FREE – Survival Basics

Learn basic skills to help you survive that unplanned overnight stay in the wilds of the Black Hills: basic shelter construction, camp fire building techniques, and other fun survival skills. Dress for


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Read Across America Day

Grab a book and read today! It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday.


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Black Hills Rapids Presidents Cup Indoor youth & adult soccer tournament. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115

Every Tuesday

FREE – Book Buddies

A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

FREE – Storytime & Crafts with Jane

Friday 3

SK8 Night

Skate the night away with family and friends in two rinks. Skates provided. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, 122 Recreation Lane, Spearfish, 605.722.1430 Friday 3-5

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories and a craft with children. Ages: 3-10, 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171 Every Wednesday

FREE – Tiny Tales

Library children’s storytelling with flannel boards, puppetry, and engaging music! 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171

Presidents Cup Indoor Tournament

Teams will come to Rapid City to compete in the Black Hills Rapids Indoor Tournament. Times tba, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115 Saturday 4

Custer Trade Show

Enchanting tales for families. Ages: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171

Exhibitions range from jewelry to artwork, financial services to building materials. Concessions served – a great way to spend the day with your family! Donations welcome in lieu of an entry fee. 9-3 p.m., Custer High School, 1645 Wildcat Ln., Custer, 605.673.2244

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Open Paint Studio

Come express your creative side! Purchase your canvas and we’ll supply brushes, paint, and plenty of inspiration. *Call ahead for availability. Noon-4 p.m., Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, 605.791.3578

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DATE NIGHT Saturday Night Fever

Based on the 1977 film that became a cultural phenomenon and cemented the Bee Gees as disco era icons, this mega-musical hits the stage with breathtaking and dazzling choreography and songs including, “Stayin’ Alive,” “More Than a Woman,” and “You Should Be Dancing!” Tickets available online. 7 p.m., Rushmore Civic Center, 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.716.7825 Saturday 11

Native American Beadwork Workshop

Students in grades K-6 will discuss different types of beads, learn how certain designs were used by Native Americans, and create a beaded craft project to take home. Light refreshments

provided. Reservations required. 10-12 p.m., Days of ‘76 Museum,18 Seventy Six Dr., Deadwood, 605.578.1657 Saturday 11

CASA Volunteer Training begins Be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to a child in the Black Hills. Volunteer training is a series of sessions to prepare you for court hearings and the responsibilities of the organization. Visit the website for more information. Seventh Circuit CASA, 2650 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City, 605.394.2203 Saturday 11

FREE – Saturday Art Adventures

Popcorn Cherry Blossoms 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101 Sunday 12

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Leprechaun Leap

5K. T-shirt included with full registration. Check in: 8 a.m., Start: 9 a.m., BHSU Gravel Lot, Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, 122 Recreation Lane, Spearfish, 605.722.1430 Saturday 18

FREE – Easter Wreath

Up-cycle Saturday Adventures – Arts, crafts, and recycling for kids of all ages. Create a beautiful wreath from all those plastic Easter Eggs! RSVP to Beth-Anne by phone or on Facebook: @rapidcityrecycles. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Solid Waste Education Center, 5265 Hwy 79, Rapid City, 605.939.8286 Saturday 18-19

BH Motorcycle Show

The 29th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Show is a display of the best bikes in the area. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 444 N. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.391.7790 Saturday 18-19

Discovery Expedition: Women Explorers

Bring the whole family for activities, experiments, and crafts that make learning FUN! 3:30 p.m., The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, 605.394.6923 Sunday 19

Family Fun Day: The Eyes Have It

Watch a film about our incredible sense of sight. Craft a “blinking eye” origami out of paper or create a God’s Eye. and take

home a free packet with games, puzzles, and information about the sense of sight. Refreshments served. $2 per person or free with museum membership. Call for reservations. Tri-State Museum, 415 5th Ave., Belle Fourche, 605.723.1200 Monday 20

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DATE NIGHT - Man of La Mancha

Black Hills Community Theatre presents: Man of La Mancha Rapid 605-773-3181 City Recycling Center | Winner of 5 Tony Awards Up-Cycle Saturday Adventures including Best Musical, Man of La Mancha is based on Learn and experience fun projects that can be created Cervantes’ masterpiece Don from reused and recycled items. Quixote. The adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who Rapid City Recycling Center’s sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry and claim his love. Check show schedules and purchase Rapid City Recycling Center tickets at online. Up-Cycle Saturday Adventures SeedRecycling Canvas Art: Come join us and make Rapid City Center Black Hills Community Theatre, your own beautiful wall hanging from seeds Up-Cycle Saturday Adventures 601 Columbus St., Rapid City, Learn and experience fun projects that can be created21, 2017 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Saturday, January 605.394.1786 from reused and recycled items. Thursday 30

I Love the 90’s Tour Featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Color Me Baad and more. Tickets available online. 7-9:30 p.m., Rushmore Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115


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Learn and experience fun projects that can be created from reused and recycled items.

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Bring the whole family for activities, experiments, and crafts that make learning FUN! 3:30 p.m., The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, 605.394.6923

Every Tuesday

FREE – Book Buddies

A library storyteller shares enchanting tales for families. Age: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171 Every Tuesday

FREE – Storytime & Crafts with Jane

4-H Youth Program Advisor Jane Amiotte shares stories and a craft with children. Ages: 3-10, 10:30-11 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171 Every Wednesday

World Autism Awareness Day

The team at Children’s Therapy Services in Rapid City offers help and hope for local kids on the Autism spectrum or in need of a variety of physical or cognitive therapies. Check out their website for more information. Saturday 8, Sunday 9

Discovery Expedition: What Makes Up Rocks?

Bring the whole family for activities, experiments, and crafts that make learning FUN! 3:30 p.m., The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, 605.394.6923

FREE – Tiny Tales

Library children’s storytelling with flannel boards, puppetry, and engaging music! 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171

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National Siblings Day

Every Thursday

FREE – Baby Bookworms

Enchanting tales for families. Ages: 0-3, 9:30-10 a.m., Rapid City Public Library, 605.394.4171 Most Saturdays

Open Paint Studio

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Join us for an adventure in art! FREE family-oriented art activities and tours of the galleries are fun and educational. 1-3 p.m., Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St., Rapid City, 605.394.4101 Sunday 16


babies to pre-teens at the 22nd annual YFS Kids Fair. Rushmore Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, 605.394.4115 Saturday 29-30

Discovery Expedition: Solar Flares

Bring the whole family for activities, experiments, and crafts – all about solar flares! 3:30 p.m., The Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, 605.394.6923

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Bunny Run

5K. T-shirt included with full registration. Check in: 8:15 a.m., Start: 9 a.m., Jorgenson Park, Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, 122 Recreation Lane, Spearfish, 605.722.1430 Saturday 22

Earth Day Friday 28-30

Come express your creative side! Purchase your canvas and we’ll supply brushes, paint, and plenty of inspiration. *Call ahead for availability. Noon-4 p.m., Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph St., Rapid City, 605.791.3578

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As I welcomed my first-grade students into the classroom, one little girl noticed my polka-dot blouse and paid me the ultimate first-grade compliment: “Oh, you look so beautiful—just like a clown.”


Question: Can you name a famous
explorer? Answer: Dora.

—James Parks, Red Lion, Pennsylvania


My sixth-grade class would not leave me alone for a second. It was a constant stream of “Ms. Osborn?” “Ms. Osborn?” “Ms. Osborn?” Fed up, I said firmly, “Do you think we could go for just five minutes without anyone saying ‘Ms. Osborn’?!” The classroom got quiet. Then, from the back, a soft voice said, “Um … Cyndi?” —Cyndi Osborn, New York, New York


I recently asked a student where his homework was. He replied, “It’s still in my pencil.”

—Priscilla Sawicki, Charlotte, North Carolina

#BH FUNNIES Each issue, BH Parent will present our #BHPfunnies on this page; if you have something irresistible to share, send it along to This time, we borrowed from Reader’s Digest: American educators sent in their funniest classroom stories by the thousands; Reader’s Digest editors chose many favorites. Here are ours!

—Larry Timmons, Surprise, Arizona



During snack time, a kindergartner asked why some raisins were yellow while others were black. I didn’t know the answer, so I asked my friend, a first-grade teacher, if she knew. “Yellow raisins are made from green grapes, and black raisins are made from red grapes,” she explained. One little boy suggested, “Maybe that’s why she teaches first grade, because she’s just a little bit smarter than you.” —Erica Coles, Watertown, Tennessee

On the last day of the year, my first graders gave me beautiful, handwritten letters. As I read them aloud, my emotions got the better of me, and I started to choke up. “I’m sorry,” I said. “I’m having a hard time reading.” One of my students said, “Just sound it out.” —Cindy Bugg, Clive, Iowa


Question: How can we show
respect to others? Answer: If you have a piece of meat, you shouldn’t give it to anyone else if you’ve already licked it. —Janaye Jones, Mesa, Arizona 64

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