School Zone

School Zone: Summer Lunch Programs Throughout Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It might not be something you realize, but hunger continues to plague parts of the Sioux Empire. One out of every eight South Dakotan’s are food insecure, and one out of every six children are at risk of going hungry. Those numbers are according to Feeding South Dakota. However, through summer lunch programs, students are able…

Campus Upgrades Moving Along At NSU

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Wolves in Aberdeen will soon have a few new dens. Northern State University is in the middle of upgrading their campus through the ‘Educational Impact Campaign.’ It’s part of a larger ‘Campus Master Plan,’ geared to revamp the entire school. 125$ million dollars are being poured into the renovations, all paid for by outside donors. Older…

School Zone: ‘Recycled Rainbows’ and Honoring Vaughn & JoAnn Meyer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not everyday you meet a 17 year old who runs a non-profit organization. Abby Neff is a junior at Lutheran High School. Abby started ‘Recycled Rainbows’ with the goal of “helping under-served youth, and people with disabilities.” She melts down old and worn out crayons, reshaping them for use again. Neff creates dogs, puzzle pieces,…

School Zone: Crosswalks, Robots, and Agriculture

VIBORG, S.D. – A small district with big opportunities. That’s what the Viborg-Hurley School District prides itself on. The district is home to roughly 300 students, but what they lack in size, they make up for in academic variety. The district has placed an emphasis on robotics in each school. The program starts in elementary, and continues through high school….

School Zone: Student Filmmakers Gear Up For Theatrical Release

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not usual to hear of high school students creating a full-length film. However, Jack Unruh, Cole Anderson, and Eddie Unruh have broken the mold. Jack and Cole co-directed ‘Slick Trigger’ for Jack’s senior project at Tea High School. “This is something that everyone has to do for a career they want to go into and…

School Zone: Teaching Peace and Conflict Resolution at West Central

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Peace and conflict resolution. They’re subjects that aren’t taught in your every day curriculum, but are incredibly important to learn. Today and tomorrow, students at West Central High School are getting a first hand lesson. Allison Sturma from the United States Institute of Peace flew out to teach students how they resolve conflict and promote peace. The…

Watching Snow Fall, Not Grades

ESTHERVILLE, IA – Sometimes when snow falls, so do students grades. One district in Northwest Iowa isn’t letting students fall behind, despite mother nature’s greatest efforts. KDLT News Today went to Estherville to find out more on the ‘virtual snow day’ that’s taken over the school system.     Categories: Education, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News,…

O’Gorman Industrial Tech Program Gets Makeover

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The shop and industrial tech programs at O’Gorman High School have gotten quite the make-over. Due to low class enrollment and no instructor, classes were cancelled last year. The shop turned into a storage space, and school officials knew something needed to be done. The school applied for a $50,000 grant through the Sioux Empire Home…

School Zone: DSU Students Prep For ‘Global Game Jam’

MADISON, S.D. – Creating a video game from scratch can take months or even years to do, but could you imagine doing it in 48 hours? Oh yeah, without any breaks either? That’s what lies ahead of the students at The Beacom Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University. Starting Friday night at 5:00pm, students will compete in the…

Mitchell CTE Students Prepare For ProStart Invitational

MITCHELL, S.D. – It’s safe to say culinary students at the Mitchell CTE Academy know their way around the kitchen. In 2018 the group took home top honors in the ‘culinary division’ at the South Dakota ProStart Invitational. ProStart is a nationwide, two year program for high school students that sharpens culinary skills are prepares them for a career in culinary…

School Zone: Viborg-Hurley Students Fight Holiday Hunger

VIBORG, S.D. – It can be easy to forget, but food insecurity plagues many communities throughout the Sioux Empire. Students in the Viborg-Hurley School District are doing what they can to fight hunger throughout the holiday season. KDLT News went to Viborg for this week’s edition of ‘School Zone.’ For more information, click here. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News…

School Zone: Completed Canton Performing Arts Center

CANTON, S.D. – A new facility is giving the arts programs at canton schools opportunities they’ve never had before. Crews have finished, and opened, the new Performing Arts Center. The state of the art center features a new auditorium, a rigging system, and a shop section. Students at Canton have never had access to these opportunities before. We took a…

School Zone: MMCRU

Marcus, IA – The agriculture and industrial tech programs are flourishing at MMCRU due to the presence of new facilities. In addition, school officials are lifting student’s spirits in a unique way. We bring you to Marcus in this edition of ‘School Zone.’ Categories: Education, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, School Zone Tags: Friday Greeters,…

School Zone: Telepresence Robots

Sharing a classroom with a robot may sound like something from the ‘Terminator’ movie franchise, but instead of the big screen, it may be coming to a school near you. For this weeks edition of ‘School Zone,’ we talked with USD Assistant Professor Dave DeJong about ‘telepresence robots,’ and the benefit they can have inside and out of the classroom….

Paint The Northern Prairie Wet Show and Sale

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Whether you’ve been painting for years, or it’s your first time using a brush, you’ll want to check out the ‘Paint The Northern Prairie Wet Show & Sale’ this weekend in Watertown. The 3rd annual show will feature 30 artists from around South Dakota who create ‘Plein Air Painting,’ which essentially is painting the landscape in front…

School Zone: CyberPatriot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Cyber security and monitoring who’s monitoring you is a growing concern throughout the nation and the world. This week CyberPatriot, a camp through Code Boot Camp held at the CTE Academy in Sioux Falls, teach students in 9th through 12th grade cyber security principals through fun, hands on experiences. The camp teaches students different aspects each and every day….

School Zone: SDSU Performance Art Center

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The performing arts program at SDSU is getting a makeover in the form of a brand new, state of the art performance center. Construction is underway for the new performance art center, with an opening date set for January of 2019. While many with the university say that the program is already strong, the new facility will…

School Zone: Precision Agriculture at SDSU

Advancements In Technology and New Facility Growing Precision Ag at SDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D. – For this weeks edition of ‘School Zone,’ we highlight the Precision Ag program at SDSU. Many say that agriculture is the life-blood of the mid-west, and ‘precision ag’ is a term we’re hearing more and more. Precision agriculture helps farmers do their jobs with less work, because of advancements in technology. South Dakota State University is now…