Support for 21st Century Skills | South Dakota Community Foundation

Support for 21st Century Skills

October 21, 2021 // South Dakota Fund Grants

We are so incredibly grateful to the South Dakota Community Foundation for helping us complete our Mark & Chris Buche SmartLab.

Renee LeBrun, John Paul II Development Director

John Paul II School, located in Mitchell, was formed when Holy Family School and Holy Spirit School combined in 2001. The school serves students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade and has an enrollment of 194 students.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) provided a $12,017 South Dakota Fund grant to John Paul II School. This grant will provide support for their new SmartLab installation. SmartLab teaches students 21st century skills such as problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and effective application of technology.

Renee LeBrun, Development Director and Jennifer Herrmann, SmartLab Facilitator, John Paul II School accept their grant award from Stephanie Judson, President/CEO, SDCF

"The John Paul II Elementary Mark & Chris Buche SmartLab is a fully integrated learning environment where everything – from furniture to technology, to learning kits all work together to support students during their hands-on learning experience”, stated Renee LeBrun, John Paul II Development Director. “We are so incredibly grateful to the South Dakota Community Foundation for helping us complete our SmartLab with up-to-date furniture, as well as room readiness expense through this grant."

"We are proud to partner with John Paul II School and provide support for their students.”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “Developing critical and independent thinkers is essential for continued growth."

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About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1050 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2020 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 to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.