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Dakota Electric Association recently awarded $20,000 to District 196. The money comes from unclaimed capital credits and will go toward two programs within the district.

A portion of the money will provide support to the Leading and Developing Readiness Program at Rosemount High School. The program, know as LADR, helps high school students prepare for college, allowing them college credits while still in high school. The program helps students who are deemed in the “academic middle” and need just a little assistance to excel and be ready for college.

The rest of the money will help prepare children for school by supporting the preschool programs at Echo Park, Oak Ridge and Westview Elementary schools. The goal is to provide each 4-year-old child with pre-kindergarten readiness skills in the areas of social/emotional, physical, language and academic development.

District 196 Superintendent Jane Berenz accepted the financial contribution. “Thank you,” she said. “We are so thankful to be in a community that supports schools.”

“We are happy to be able to provide financial support to worthwhile educational programs,” Board Chair Jim Sheldon said. “The large unclaimed capital credit amount means we have more money to support education in our area.”