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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 effort:

Aberdeen May Overby Elementary

Aberdeen O.M.Tiffany Elementary School

Aberdeen Simmons Junior High School

Beadle Elementary School, Mobridge SD

Beadle Elementary School, Yankton, SD

Beresford Elementary School

Bison School

Bowdle Education Association

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 School

Conde School Student Council

Crow Creek Elementary School K-5

Chester Area Schools

DeSmet Education Association

DeSmet School District #38-2

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 Elementary

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

Mobridge Freeman Davis Elementary School

Montrose High School District #43-2

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

Sisseton Middle 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, SD

Tea Middle School Student Council

Tripp-Delmont School District #33-5

Tulare Fifth Grade Class

Veblen School District #45-3

Wakonda School Dist 13-2

Watertown School District

Webster Elementary School Yankton

Webster School District

West Central School District

Yankton High School

Yankton Middle School

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Spafford Elementary School

Spafford Elementary School

 

Parker Elementary School

Salem St. Mary's School

Lake Area Technical Institute and Watertown School District

Parker Elementary School

Salem St. Mary's School

Lake Area Technical Institute and Watertown School District

Yankton Middle School

Tiffany Elementary School

St. Thomas Catholic School

Yankton Middle School

Tiffany Elementary School

St. Thomas Catholic School

 

Garretson Elementary School

Canton Grade School K-4

Aberdeen May Overby School

Garretson Elementary School

Canton Grade School K-4

Aberdeen May Overby School

 

Georgia Morse Middle School, Pierre

Crow Creek K-5 Elementary School

Spearfish Middle School

Georgia Morse Middle School, Pierre 

Crow Creek K-5 Elementary School

Spearfish Middle School 

 

Mrs. Eich's fourth grade classes, Madison

Mrs. Eich's fourth grade classes, Madison

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

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.

Amount Raised:  $250

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 quarters.  The students counted the change and the school did a chart.

Amount Raised:  $290.36

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 chart.

Amount Raised:  $185.72

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 attended.

Amount Raised:  $215.00

WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WEBSTER, SD

On 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 Memorial.

Amount Raised:  $10.00 

ESTELLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT

The 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.

Amount Raised:  $100.00

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. 

Amount Raised:  $100.00

ST. THOMAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MADISON, SD

St. 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 grade.  Students 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 total.  The 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.

Amount Raised:  $331.05

SISSETON MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTH GRADERS

The 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.

Amount Raised:  $118.00

GARRETSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The 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

Amount Raised:  $157.84

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 Community Foundation.

Amount Raised:  $554.32

4TH GRADE CLASS OF MADISON LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mrs. 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 state affairs.

Amount Raised:  $49.17

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 cause.

Amount Raised:  $150.00

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.

Amount Raised:  $1062.19

SPEARFISH MIDDLE SCHOOL              

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 Council.  The 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.

Amount Raised:  $1005.00

PIERRE GEORGIA MORSE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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.

Amount Raised:  $1000.00

DOUGLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Douglas Middle school sponsored a Hat Day to raise money for the World War II Memorial.

Amount Raised:  $142.00

PHILIP HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR CLASS

The 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.

Amount Raised:  $37.67

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.

Amount Raised:  $2919.16

CANTON E.O. LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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 this fundraiser.

Amount Raised:  $1277.58

SALEM ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

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 collector’s item. 

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 money. 

Amount Raised:  $1000.00

PARKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Parker 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 pledges.    Students 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. 

Amount Raised:  $1776.20

PARKER HIGH SCHOOL

The Parker 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.

Amount Raised:  $635.00

FLANDREAU SPAFFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Students 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. 

Amount Raised:  $225.40

MCCOOK CENTRAL ELEMENTARY PARENTS

McCook 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.

Amount Raised:  $68.52. 

2001 BOYS STATE “CITY OF SAN ANTONIO”

The high 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 State. 

Amount Raised: $56.00

EUREKA SCHOOL DISTRICT 44-1

The students raised the money through various fundraising efforts. The students challenged the local VFW Post and the American Legion to match our fundraising effort.

Amount Raised:  $300.00

(This file is updated monthly.  Please check back with us to see updates.)