Kids

Christmas in July Jail and Bail for a Good Cause

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Liberty Tax in Sioux Falls has found a unique way to raise money for a cause they are passionate about. People in the community turned themselves in at this makeshift jail at Liberty Tax off of west 26th street. It’s the second annual Christmas in July Jail and Bail. To get out of jail people had to…

Local Program Aims to Combat the “Summer Slide”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Just because schools out for the summer doesn’t mean the learning is finished for students at Hayward, Hawthorne and Laura B. Anderson Elementary Schools in Sioux Falls. That’s because some kids are participating in the Summer Climb program. “I’ve been learning to read more and learning more of math,” said Braylin Meidinger, who will be going into…

Kids Practice STEM Skills through FIRST LEGO League

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Students are using Legos to put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to the test. For the last 20 years nationally and 10 years in South Dakota, kids have been participating in the “FIRST LEGO League.” It’s a robotics program for kids ages 9 to 14. Kids design and program Lego robots. As a team, they build…

Santa Visits the Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Santa Claus. On Dec. 8th, he visited the Great Plains Zoo for a special event. Breakfast With Santa invites families to visit for food and crafts, including a letter making station. Kids can write a letter to Santa and hand deliver it to Santa himself. Of course they can also take…

Halloween Safety Tips To Know Before Hitting The Neighborhood

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Halloween is just around the corner. However, some safety concerns that may have not even crossed your mind yet could put a damper on the fall fun. “Kids are very excited about what costume they’re going to choose to wear,” said Twila Perkinson, a Family Life Educator at Avera. When it comes to face masks, make…

Pop Up Breakfast Raises Money for a Good Cause

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sanaa’s 8th Street Gourmet, a popular Downtown Sioux Falls restaurant is usually closed on Sundays, but Sanaa opened up her doors this morning for a good cause. The restaurant held its first ever pop up breakfast. Sanaa’s usually serves Mediterranean food, but people were in for a treat today, as a traditional syrian breakfast was on the…

Sioux Empire Dentists Offer Free Dental Work to Kids

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Several Sioux Empire dentists came together Saturday to provide free dental work to low income families. This is the fourth year the program Sioux Empire Smiles has offered this clinic to kids 18 or younger. It’s ran entirely by volunteers. Around 45 dentists, hygienists and helpers donated their time. The program director says this event is important…

American Heart Association Introduces New ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ to Schools

SIOUX FALLS S.D.- For the last 40 years the American Heart Association has worked to promote heart health in South Dakota elementary schools.This year they’re taking a different approach. The American Heart Association is fighting back against heart disease. Their first line of defense: teaching kids healthy habits. “With Heart disease being 80 percent preventable, we have an opportunity to…

The Buddy Bench: Helping Kids Find Friends

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-At the start of the school year, it can be hard for some students to make new friends. Now thanks to one family, a Harrisburg Elementary School has a system in place that’s make that process a little easier. A heartwarming photo was posted to Facebook recently, showing a first grader sitting on a bench comforting another…

Tri-Valley School District Cracks Down on Dangerous Driving

COLTON, S.D.-The school year just started in South Dakota, but one school district is already cracking down on dangerous drivers. “When you see the stop sign on a school bus come out you need to stop, I mean that really as simple as it gets,” said Dr. Mike Lodmel, Tri-Valley School District Superintendent. However, some drivers aren’t doing that. It…

Someone You Should Know: High School Student Helps Color the Gap

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls High School Junior is proving that even something as small as a crayon can make a big impact. However, she’s doing more than just adding color to the community. She’s inspiring others her age to get involved. KDLT’s Miranda Paige tells us why Abby Neff is someone you should know. 16-year-old Abby Neff is…

New High School and Middle School Planned in Sioux Falls by 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls is continuing to grow meaning more space will be needed to accommodate everyone. Right now there are 34 schools in Sioux Falls.  In order to plan for this growth the Sioux Falls School District says it has to build new schools. Sioux Falls schools are at or going over capacity. “We’ve grown by quite a little…

South Dakota Schools Celebrate ‘School Lunch Hero Day’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-   Lunch is an important part of a child’s school day. School districts across South Dakota strive to serve nutritious meals, but they aren’t able to do this without the help of all their school nutrition professionals. This is why today they are honoring these people as a part of ‘School Lunch Hero Day.’ Lunch time at John…

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Introduces Music to Kids at an Early Age

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Studies show that kids who are exposed to music and art can benefit mentally, emotionally, and educationally. The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra wants to help get kids interested in the arts and music by exposing them to the orchestra. The symphony’s family concert “Mozart’s Missing Memory” debuted today. In the story, Mozart loses his memory and needs…

Students Inspired by STEM Related Careers During Raven AeroStar Balloon Day

BALTIC, S.D.- Raven Industries is a major manufacturer in the Sioux Empire. Their unique tech company, “Raven Aerostar,” put on a special event today to inspire the next generation of workers. 200 middle and high schoolers weren’t at school today, instead they were playing with balloons at the Raven Innovation Campus in Baltic. Through observation and hands-on activities, students learned about…

School Safety Policies Sioux Falls School District Wants Parents to Know

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls School District realizes there’s an expectation from parents to keep kids safe and they don’t take that job lightly. To ease parents minds they include safety and security information online, but Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher says they can’t tell parents everything. “If you had our safety plan you would know immediately where we were vulnerable, I…

Hawthorne’s Helping Chihuahua

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Since the beginning of this school year at one Sioux Falls elementary school you may find a dog hanging out and walking the halls. That’s Harley the Chihuahua.  No it’s not “bring your pet to school” day. Harley is a regular at Hawthorne Elementary. “It’s actually Harley Davidson, but we call him Harley,” said his owner Chris Burke. He’s…

Sioux Falls Little League Hosts Tryouts

HARRISBURG, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Little League team took to the regional baseball scene by storm last season. Now they’re reloading in hopes of another World Series run. Tryouts began Tuesday night at the Academy Sports Complex in Harrisburg. Less than 50 young ballplayers tried out last year. Sioux Falls Little League Manager Jeff Riley is expecting nearly three…

4 of the Best Reasons to Have Kids Help in the Kitchen

For starters, cooking at home makes them more likely to sit down with family to eat

It’s important to get kids into the kitchen, says cooking instructor Billy Mawhiney. Mawhiney will be leading a class on Thanksgiving Prep for kids, among others, at Plum’s Cooking Company this coming weekend. He says studies show kids get better grades, have a better self-image, and are more likely to eat something they make themselves if they are involved in the…