The John T. Vucurevich Foundation granted the Rural America Initiatives $1 million towards their new head start facility reports the Rapid City Journal. The grant brings them within $2 million of the projected $6.9 million needed for the project. Other funds will come from the Rapid City Vision Fund, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota, and other business and individual donors.
Currently young students utilize modular structures that are spread among various locations in North Rapid and the Sioux San Hospital. The new site has yet to be revealed according to the Rapid City Journal, but will concentrate all of the resources to one location. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs have an enrollment of 130 students. The program works exclusively with Native American students.
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