Kid Link Riverside participants get in a game of Jenga before choosing other educational activities during a recent family night.

Kid Link and its host organization Sioux Falls Thrive have announced the expansion of this successful community collaboration to a new neighborhood for the 2022-23 school year. Scholarship-based afterschool programming and a weekly family night are beginning at Terry Redlin Elementary.

To build neighborhood and citywide involvement, Kid Link will host community convenings for families, neighbors, school staff, partner organizations and others. The public is invited to attend:

YOU’RE INVITED!

5:15-6:45 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15

at Terry Redlin Elementary School
1721 E Austin St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103

A box meal will be available at 5 p.m. and the facilitated convening will begin at 5:15 p.m.

$5 gift card for all adults who attend. Register for a chance to win an additional $100 gift card.

The event will mark the public release of a new report from Augustana Research Institute specifically focused on the needs and concerns of families, neighbors, school staff and partner organizations at Terry Redlin Elementary.

Participants will review the study and begin to develop action plans for addressing the concerns that surface. Children may accompany a responsible adult. No childcare will be provided. Please pre-register for this free event.

What is Kid Link?

It’s been two years since the Kid Link Initiative began demonstrating the value of community collaboration to improve programming for children and families. It began in the summer of 2020 in Riverside, the neighborhood surrounding Laura B. Anderson Elementary. Weekly family nights include educational activities for adults and kids, serving an average of 40 students each week.

With the help of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire alongside volunteers representing the city, school staff, local churches, businesses, partner organizations, neighbors, parents and friends, Kid Link Riverside developed customized solutions, including:

    • Food giveaway and meal service. Food insecurity was identified as an early need, prompting a local church to support weekly access to extra food, and Feeding South Dakota to start a monthly mobile food pantry in the neighborhood.
    • Children’s activities.  Extra support for school lessons in math, science and literacy have become central to family nights. Siouxland Libraries Bookmobile has been a partner from the beginning of the initiative.
    • Educational opportunities for adults. Kid Link helps parents, guardians and other caregivers make connections with experts in child development, housing, health, safety and other topics.
Kid Link guest with Puppet
    • Supplemental programming from partner organizations. Kid Link is an opportunity for kids, families and neighbors to make use of other supplemental programming, including free haircuts, field trips, advanced games, dance lessons and more.

In addition to the weekly family night, Kid Link Terry Redlin may offer similar options but will focus on needs that are specific to its surrounding neighborhood.

What is a Community Learning Center?

Kid Link is a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District, testing Community Learning Centers that are expected to be implemented across the city in the next couple of years. Community Learning Centers — also called Community Schools — establish the local school as a neighborhood hub for access to education and services. Participants in Kid Link Terry Redlin will help test and refine this new opportunity before it becomes more widely available.

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