The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded Beresford PRCE a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant. Funds will provide twice weekly English classes as a Second Language (ESL) to adults in the community whose first language is not English. Additionally, daycare services will also be available for children of those adults taking part in the program to make attendance easier.
Dr. Scott Klungseth, Director at Beresford PRCE, says “The funding will help us to better serve the growing migrant and non-English speaking families that are joining our community.”
For over 30 years, the mission of Beresford PRCE has been to promote and support educational, cultural and leisure time activities and programs for citizens of all ages in the community. The ESL classes will add more inclusiveness to those in the community while assisting their citizens in gaining the English language skills. Based on a pilot program it became evident that there is a desperate need for community English classes. This project involves collaboration with the Beresford School District and the city of Beresford.
“These classes will bolster confidence, ameliorate the health and safety of those active in the class while broadening minds, developing emotional skills and taking steps forward in enhancing their way of life,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer.
To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/grants
SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $30 million in grants in 2022 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.