Black Hills Reads receive big donation


RAPID CITY, S.D. — An organization supporting early childhood education is sharing the progress of its work over the past three years while receiving a big donation.

Black Hills Reads, which is part of the United Way of the Black Hills, was giving a progress report to its partners and community members during a luncheon this afternoon.

The goal of the organization is to bring the campaign for grade level reading to the local level. To do that, Black Hills Reads has worked to open dialog with community and state leaders about the importance of early childhood learning.

Black Hills Reads Director Kayla Klein says this need will only become greater as communities continue to grow.

“You have a business that’s coming to town, people need reliable employees which means they’ll need reliable child-care,” says Klein. “We need to be talking about this more, bottom line. There’s always more to be done but I think the more that we talk about it the more these things progress.”

Black Hills Reads was also presented with a check for $450 thousand during the luncheon from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.

This money will help the organization with its operational expenses for the next three years.

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