South Dakota schools
and teachers prepared students for entry into military service
during the Second World War.
School children were also instrumental in collecting
scrap metal and other items for recycling.
School children and educators across South Dakota salute
the men and women who contributed to the war effort.
We would like to recognize those schools that have
generously donated to the World War II Memorial fundraising
Aberdeen May Overby
O.M.Tiffany Elementary School
Aberdeen Simmons Junior High
School, Mobridge SD
Beadle Elementary School,
Beresford Elementary School
Brandon Valley School District
Britton School District # 45-1
Brookings G.S. Mickelson Middle School
Brookings School District #5-1
Camp Crook South Dakota School PTO
Canton C.C. Jacobson School Grade 5
Canton C.C. Jacobson School Staff
Canton E.O. Lawrence Elementary School
Colman - Egan
Conde School Student Council
Crow Creek Elementary School K-5
Chester Area Schools
DeSmet Education Association
DeSmet School District
Douglas Middle School Student Council, Box Elder, SD
Dupree Elementary School
Eureka School district 44-1
Estelline School District #28-2
Flandreau School District #50-3
Fourth Grade Class of Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, SD
Georgia Morse Middle School, Pierre, SD
Garretson School Class of 2001
Howard Education Association
Huron Middle School District #2-2
Huron High School
Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD
Lake Area Technical School
Lincoln Elementary School, Yankton, SD
Madison St. Thomas School
McCook Central Elementary Students
Milbank Koch Elementary School & Staff
Miller Education Association
Miller Elementary School
Mitchell Longfellow Elementary Student Council
Mitchell Middle School Student Council
Davis Elementary School
Montrose High School District
Mt. Vernon School
District # 17-3
Parker Elementary School
Parker School District Senior Class
Parker School District Student Council
Parkston School District #33-3
Philip Junior High Students
Pierre High School Class of 1939
Pinedale Elementary School Student Council
Rapid City High School Alumnus of 1959
Red Field Elementary 6th Grade
Redfield School Classes 2005 & 2006
Salem St. Mary's School
Sioux Falls Hayward Elementary PTA
Sioux Falls School District
School Seventh Graders
South Dakota Education Association/National Education Association
South Dakota State University Student Association
Spafford Elementary School
Spearfish Middle School
Stewart Elementary, Yankton,
Tea Middle School Student Council
Tripp-Delmont School District #33-5
Tulare Fifth Grade Class
Veblen School District #45-3
Wakonda School Dist
Watertown School District
West Central School
Yankton High School
Yankton Middle School
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St. Mary's School
Area Technical Institute and Watertown School District
St. Thomas Catholic School
Canton Grade School K-4
Aberdeen May Overby School
Georgia Morse Middle School, Pierre
Crow Creek K-5 Elementary School
Spearfish Middle School
SIMMONS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ABERDEEN, SD
The funds were collected through ticket
sales for our annual Family Fun Night.
Our Student Senate voted unaimously to donate the funds
to the South Dakota World War II Memorial.
Staff and parents responded with positive feedback when
the new of our donation was published in our student newsletter.
FREEMAN-DAVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, , MOBRIDGE, SD
Mobridge Elementary students collected
change in each classroom. The
first week students collected 4701 pennies, the second week,
1159 nickels, the third week, 854 dimes, and the last week 400
students counted the change and the school did a chart.
BEADLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MOBRIDGE, SD
Mobridge Elementary students collected
change in each classroom. The
first week students collected 6497 pennies, the second week, 939
nickels, the third week, 393 dimes, and the last week 138
quarters. The students counted the change and the school did a
FLANDREAU HIGH SCHOOL, FLANDREAU, SD
The Student Council hired a disc jockey and
put on a dance to earn money for the WWII Memorial.
Students were charged $1.00 admission.
The Student Council advertised that our purpose was to
earn money for the Memorial Fund.
There are 290 students in high school and almost all
WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WEBSTER, SD
Fridays, the school sponsors “Denim Day” for faculty.
The teachers are allowed to wear jeans if they contribute
$1 dollar to a “Denim Day” Fund.
One Friday’s Denim Day Fund was contributed to the
ESTELLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Estelline School District raised funds for the World War II
Memorial by holding a student auction, whopper feeds and “hugs
and kisses” sale on Valentine’s Day.
YANKTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Student Council of the Yankton Middle
School hosted a bake sale on May 4,, 2001 to raise
funds for the Memorial.
ST. THOMAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MADISON, SD
Thomas is a small elementary school with 104 students in Pre-K
through Grade 5. They
held a “Penny War” and donated the funds to the Memorial.
During the “Penny War”
each class had a jar in the office marked with their
brought pennies to put in their grade’s jar.
The class with the most pennies at the end of the week
won a Pizza Party. It
it looked as if another class had more pennies in their jar than
your class, you put silver coins in the jar (nickels, dimes,
quarters.) Silver coins counted against their total.
At the end of the week, they counted the money in the
jars and the silver coins in your jar were subtracted from your
competition was hot and heavy.
At the end of the week the Kindergarten class was
declared the winner. The
fifth grade actually ended up raising the most cash but because
everyone was gunning for them and put lots of silver in their
jar, they actually ended up with a negative number.
SISSETON MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTH GRADERS
Seventh Grade Language Arts Class from Sisseton used the
internet to research and resources in the school library about
World War II. They
used the research to write essays about World War II.
The teacher’s father, Henry A. Biegler, served in the
European Theater and became a POW for three and one half months
in Germany. The
teacher also used a collection of pictures, personal notes and
memorabilia, his uniform and video resources to supplement the
children’s research. The families of the children then prepared “box
suppers” and these were offered for bid.
The box included the essay that was written by the child.
GARRETSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
November Character Counts pillar is “Responsibility.” As
part of this program, the Garretson Elementary students held a
rummage sale to raise money for the SD World War II memorial.
Each student donated items to be sold for a quarter a
piece. On November
10, 2000, the students brought their quarters to school and
spent an hour shopping for treasures.
Their goal was to raise $50.00
CROW CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FORT THOMPSON, SD
The Crow Creek Elementary School collected
pennies to donate to the World War II Memorial.
They personally delivered the jars of pennies to the SD
4TH GRADE CLASS OF MADISON LINCOLN
Satter’s and Mrs. Eich’s Fourth grade classes raised funds
for the World War II Memorial by participating in a student
Senators vs. Representatives Kids Voting basketball game.
Their participation in the “Adopt a Legislator”
project has developed a sense of commitment to community and
HURON HIGH SCHOOL
The Huron High School Student senate held a
special “3 on 3” basketball tournament to raise funds for
the World War II Memorial.
Students who had never played basketball got together and
formed teams. The
evening was a great success with over 100 players, student
coaches, fans and parents who got together for this worthy
ABERDEEN O.M. TIFFANY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The students of O.M. Tiffany Elementary
School collected over $1000 in funds for the World War II
Memorial in just four days.
They presented the funds to a group of local World War II
veterans and serenaded them with a patriotic medley of songs.
The Spearfish Middle School raised $380 by
sponsoring an 8th grade dance, $225 was donated by
funds raised through the sale of “Fallen Sons of SD” books
and $400 was donated by the Spearfish Middle School Student
Spearfish Middle School for the past three years has researched
and written biographies of over 400 South Dakotans that gave
their lives in World War II. Annually, they publish a book known as the “Fallen of Sons
of South Dakota” which is a compilation of the biographies.
The students write to local newspapers, veterans groups,
etc. to find out information about the veteran.
The students have generously allowed this collection to
be made available on the SD World War II Memorial website at www.sdwwiimemorial.com
and will be available at a kiosk at the Visitor Center adjacent
to the new constructed Memorial.
PIERRE GEORGIA MORSE
The Georgia Middle School held a dance to
raise money for the World War II veterans.
They held an assembly on Veterans Day, 2000 with
patriotic music presented by the Middle School Band
and invited local World War II Veterans to participate.
DOUGLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Douglas Middle school sponsored a Hat
Day to raise money for the World War II Memorial.
PHILIP HIGH SCHOOL
secretary noticed a few of the students throwing pennies one
day. The SD History
and Social Studies teacher suggesting rather than throwing
pennies the students start collecting money for the memorial.
The students collected money they found on the floors and
pocket change they
did not want to carry around.
LAKE AREA TECHNICAL
INSTITUTE AND WATERTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Lake Area Technical Institutes raised
$2,043 through a variety of fundraising events including pizza
parties, movie nights and the students vs. faculty basketball
game that cost LATI bookstore manager and students activities
coordinator Share Ortmeier their hair.
In addition to the monetary contribution, the staff and
students put together a Memorial of their own outside the LATI
main office area. The
Memorial was comprised of flags, photos, correspondence and
other memorabilia. Some
of the items with donated by WWI veterans in their families in
Codington County. The Watertown School District raised an additional $876.16.
CANTON E.O. LAWRENCE
Students conducted a penny drive for two
weeks beginning on May 1, 2001 with the understanding that the
Student Council would match student donations.
Students raised $638.79 in the penny drive.
The Parent and Teachers Connecting and Helping Every
Student (PATCHES) organization supplied penny containers and
helped organize the assembly. The students learned a great deal about WWII as a result of
SALEM ST. MARY’S
As a community service, the Postal Service
offers pictorial cancellations to commemorate local events
celebrated in communities throughout the nation.
The cancellation stamp is a specially designed stamp from
the local post office and is available for 30 days, in honor of
a very special event and the rubber stamp used for the special
event is then destroyed. The
local Postal Service working in conjunction with St. Mary’s
School to raise funds for the SD World War II Memorial in Pierre
offered to help St. Mary’s make their own cancellation stamp
as a fund raiser. St. Mary’s School held a contest for the 7th and
8th grade students to come up with a design to be
used as the cancellation stamp.
Kyle Koch’s design of the state of South Dakota in a
flag like design was chosen as the winner.
St. Mary’s School sold special cache’ envelopes with
the WWII Memorial cancellation logo on it and the new postal
service 34 cent commemoration stamp called Honoring Veterans. The envelope is not only a fundraising item but a
In addition to this unique stamp idea,
students at St. Mary’s paid $1 to wear casual clothing on the
five Fridays during the month of May.
Students came to school in their uniforms and if they
paid the $1 they were able to change into casual clothes.
The proceeds from a bake sale also contributed to the
Memorial fund. The
students hoped to raise $400-$500 to contribute to the Memorial.
Students said it will give them pride when they go to the
Memorial and know they helped make it possible by contributing
Elementary School held a Trash a Thon to raise money for the
World War II Memorial. The
students went door to door with a parent to get one time
then went to different areas of the community to pick up litter.
The project was integrated so that the students could
learn a variety of lessons:
public relations skills by asking for pledges, math
skills by adding up pledge amounts, environmental issues by
determining which litter was recyclable and the safety issue of
handling different types of refuse.
High school raised funds for the World War II Memorial by
running a concession stand for a concession stand for a junior
high track meet. The
Student Council donated $400 from proceeds of the pop machines.
SPAFFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
were encouraged to do odd jobs or run errands to earn money for
the project. They
invited area World War II veterans to school to make the
presentation for the World War II Memorial.
The fourth grade class collected the largest amount.
CENTRAL ELEMENTARY PARENTS
Central held a “Penny Drive” (including pennies, nickels,
dimes, quarters or whatever they wished to donate) to help raise
money and show their citzenship.
The drive was held for one week.
BOYS STATE “CITY OF SAN ANTONIO”
school juniors representing the “City of San Antonio” at
2001 Boys State wanted to give their $1.50 per person to the
World War II Memorial. Their
gift was in response to a speech the Governor gave at Boys
SCHOOL DISTRICT 44-1
students raised the money through various fundraising efforts.
The students challenged the local VFW Post and the American
Legion to match our fundraising effort.
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