Kid Link


Kid Link GOALS

  • Identify needs and wants of families at Laura B. Anderson Elementary School
  • Form an initiative charged with addressing needs using existing resources
  • Implement changes
  • Measure the change in student performance
Kid Link after school

What does Kid Link do for children?

Kid Link began in 2020 as Kid Link Riverside. A series of summer events at Laura B. Anderson Elementary School introduced the initiative and its volunteers. Activities included weekly visits from the Bookmobile and special guests, and twice monthly free hot meal service.

In the fall of 2020, amidst a global pandemic and colder weather, Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church graciously offered to host indoor after-school activities for children and parents. Everyone has been welcomed to safely join the group for:

  • Math Tutoring
  • Homework Help
  • Reading Buddies
  • Games and Crafts
  • Snacks
  • Health & Parenting
  • Library Books
  • Free Hot Meal To Go

None of this could have happened without the collaborative work of more than 100 volunteers. These passionate leaders represent more than 40 businesses and organizations, but also include dozens of advocates from across the community.

Their goal: a demonstration project that brings parents and families together to tackle common obstacles to student success.

Parents and other adults have a huge influence on each child’s success in school. Kid Link Riverside is helping families connect to LBA and support their children’s progress.

Wade Helleson

Principal, Laura B. Anderson Elementary School

The idea of collaborating to help individual neighborhoods grew out of the work of Sioux Falls Thrive Food Security Action Team members.

“Closing food service gaps citywide is like trying to eat an elephant in one bite,” one member said. The team dug into Augustana’s “Food Security and Food Systems” research and targeted the Riverside neighborhood, home to LBA, for a demonstration project.

Resolving food access is the project’s first goal, but as parents and neighbors engage with the initiative’s volunteers, task teams will work to close other service gaps that make it difficult for LBA students to achieve.


News about Kid Link Riverside is available at Parents will also receive information through their child’s classroom mailbox. Click the link below to subscribe to Kid Link email news.


Establish trust and credibility with the Riverside community.

Build relationships in the Riverside community with dignity and respect.

Engage the Riverside community in identifying wants, needs and potential solutions.

Align existing community resources to develop sustainable outcomes for the Riverside community.

Read the latest news about Kid Link Riverside:


Kid Link Riverside is a way to meet LBA staff, neighbors, and parents. Volunteer task teams need your help communicating with families, planning activities, organizing distribution of supplies, scheduling out-of-school supervision, making food, cleaning up after events, and so much more.

Check back for the
Kid Link Riverside Report.

Leadership Team

Three members of the Laura B. Anderson School staff

  • Wade Helleson, Principal
  • Eimi Cloutier, School Liaison
  • Kimberlie Horn, Second-Grade Teacher

Three members of the Food Security Action Team

  • Allison Struck, Education Foundation
  • Tami Prostrollo, First United Methodist Church
  • Joel Gackle, Augustana Alumni Association

Three members from related organizations

  • Adam Roach, City of Sioux Falls
  • Heather Faulkner, Grand Prairie Foods
  • Wayne Slothouber, Oak Hills Baptist Church

Three LBA parents

To be named.

Kid Link Leadership Team 2020

Members of the Leadership Team pause for a photo during an online meeting.

Thrive Action Teams are key to our mission. They address obstacles to student success by focusing on creating systemic change in the conditions surrounding the educational system.

Action Teams are comprised of individuals who:

  • Represent a cross-section of business, government, nonprofit and faith-based communities.
  • Have knowledge and experience to contribute to the ecosystem issue being addressed.
  • Are willing to make a commitment to participate regularly in Action Team activities.

Teams can accommodate up to 15 members for two-year terms. One-third of Action Team membership turns over every two years and opportunities for Task Team volunteers are always available. Contact us to learn more.

Share This