Faces in the Crowd: Jeanne Burckhard-McKenna
Jeanne has worked with students on many capacities through the years, including helping to kick-start the Backpack Program which feeds thousands of hungry children in the state. She opened the Regifting Store in Rapid City.
Jeanne Burckhard-McKenna has worked with students on many capacities through the years, including helping to kick-start the Backpack Program (which feeds thousands of hungry children in the state). Her recent efforts are teaching students and families how to become unified together and one with the community.
Jeanne started in the regifting business when she was working with students and families on the reservations, helping to set up regifting stores on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.
“It was named a regifting store at the Rosebud Reservation, because that is a tradition of the Lakota people is that we regift. So it’s one of generosity and so that’s what we do here. It’s strictly on donations, and people know that when they come here, that people will not be charged for it,” says Jeanne.
Many areas businesses and individuals donate items like clothes, shoes, bedding, winter apparel, housewares, toys and children’s books. The store is serving as a resource for those needing a hand up.
“Clothing is very expensive and it’s kind of a wasted item, a lot of people have stuff in there closets they never wear, and you know, you might as well donate it so someone can use it. We find we gets lots of hugs, a lot of thank yous, a lot of appreciation.”
When Jeanne started working as a whole child facilitator for Rapid City Area School District under Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, she found there was a need for a regifting store in Rapid City. The store opened last February, where anyone can come in and shop.
Jeanne donates a lot of her own time and efforts, even hosting pop-up shops throughout the Black Hills during special events.
With the store, she is able to teach students the importance of giving back and community engagement.
“We are all at different places in our life, throughout our life we are in different times, and sometimes we do need those extra support services and sometimes we can give back. We need to be a family and help each other out,” says Jeanne.
The partnership with North Middle School students is teaching students about community service.
“We are giving back to the community and helping … some people they don’t really have clothes, and like shoes to wear, because when the winter hits, they are just going to be walking around just with a normal shirt — just help out the community with food and clothes,” said Amelia & Riley, North Middle School Students who are volunteering at the store.
The regifting store is typically open twice a month — the first and third Tuesday from 3:30-6:00, alongside the Rapid City Food Pantry which is a resource for families with students enrolled in the RCAS District. Everything in the Regifting Store is free, to anyone. The Regifting Store open dates are:
- November 19
- December 3, 17
- January 7, 21
- February 4, 18
- March 10, 24
- April 7, 21
- May 5, 19
The Food Pantry is available to any family that has students enrolled in the RCAS District. Distributions for the food pantry are first come, first served. For more information on that, contact Mary Corbine at 348-2689 ext. 205
The regifting store and the Feeding South Dakota School Food Pantry Program are located in the Vocational Building #625 of Rapid City High School, room V6-B. Guests may park in the lots accessible off 5th street, behind the main building.
For questions on the Regifting Store call Jeanne at 801-231-3998.
Jeanne is also attending school to attain a doctorate and is a part of the Emerging Leaders cohort in Rapid City as well as on the team that is developing the social enterprise plans for the One Heart Campus.