Sing n’ Sprout, LLC Ready for Next Level of Success

Sing n’ Sprout, LLC. Ready for Next Level of Success via $75,000 Crowd Funding Campaign
A Christian Music and Movement Company Plans to Build on Faith, Meeting the Demands of their Growth

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Photo courtesy of Trisha Murphy.

Sioux Falls, SD:  On Friday, January 23rd, Sing n’ Sprout, LLC., a Christian music and movement program for preschoolers, announced that they will launch a $75,000 crowd funding campaign using Indiegogo.com on February 5th, .  After starting Sing n’ Sprout three years ago, Sing n’ Sprout has grown to 32 teachers, teaching their program to young children in Doha, Qatar, Rwanda and across the United States.  To date, over 850 children have taken part in Sing n’ Sprout classes.  Following a fully-funded campaign, Sing n’ Sprout plans to build on their success by rapidly expanding their teacher base to 500 teachers nationwide over the next two years.

Young children love to move, and Sing n’ Sprout has created curricula that maximizes this natural energy. Leaning into a combination of both traditional and original music about Bible verses and truths, Sing n’ Sprout guides children through a series of activities using props, body movements, and musical instruments—each one intentionally and effectively exposing them to another facet of our great God.

The Sioux Falls area, including Tea, Brandon, Dell Rapids, has six active Sing n’ Sprout teachers, offering classes throughout the year.  Music and Movement programs are nothing new, however, Sing n’ Sprout offers something unique.  Families are signing up for Sing n’ Sprout because it is faith-based and cost less than half the price of traditional music and movement classes.

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Photo courtesy of Trisha Murphy.

“Sing n’ Sprout has been very well received in the Dell Rapids community. It provides a service that parents with young children have been searching for but haven’t been able to find locally.”
– Alicia Anhalt, Dell Rapids, teaches Sing n’ Sprout at Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids

Jenni Auvenshine, Sing n’ Sprout owner and teacher said, “I am ready for this next phase of our company.  After successfully beta-testing our product, we know that Sing n’ Sprout classes are a fun and effective way for young children to grow with God through music as well as provide independent job opportunities for stay-at-home moms.  Every step we have taken has been in faith.  This next step may seem bigger, but we have to remind ourselves we are just putting one foot in front of the other.”

In order to expand their teacher base to 500 teachers over the next two years, Sing n’ Sprout will use the $75,000 to execute a website that effectively connects teachers to children and children with God, advertising and expanded curriculum.

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Photo courtesy of Trisha Murphy.

Of the company’s big plans, Jenni believes this is just the beginning. “I know other traditional programs, like Kindermusik, have been very successful in using music and movement to improve learning in over one million children.  What gets me excited is to think we could provide a Christian music and movement program that not only improves the mind and body of a child, but most importantly their spirit. It connects them with a God who loves them and wants to have a personal relationship with them.  What better foundation can we hope to build on than that?”

Library Renovation Project Running on Schedule

DRLibraryDuring the Dell Rapids City Council meeting on Monday, January 19th, Tom Earley presented to the council the progress on the library renovation project.  Earley told the council that the library has received around $24,000 in donations since his last update back in November 2014.  Earley also mentioned different aspects of the project in the update.

“The ceramic tile in the bathrooms and entrance way have been installed.  It’s looking good,” said Early.  “The elevator installation is supposed to start next Monday (January 26th) and should take about two weeks.  As that gets close to completion, they will schedule the dry wall people back in to get that area finished off.”

Early provided the council with a timeline for completion.  He noted that the library staff is already preparing for the move from their current location in the River Community Church building (old elementary) back into the library.  The estimation for the move is sometime in late March.

“We are on schedule for completion March 6th.  The week of February 26th I think it is, or thereabouts, we will do the walk-thru for a bunch of us to see what needs to be addressed at that point,” Earley said.

The library was last dedicated on March 16th, 1910.  Earley presented the idea of having a re-dedication ceremony once the project was completed.

“What we’d like to do, once the move is completed and once we’ve had time to figure out if everything is where it ought to be, we’d like to have a re-dedication ceremony, possibly in May.  We would like this to be a community-significant event.  It’s an important resource, and you guys have helped make it possible.  It should be something significant in the life of our community,” he said.

Earley finally mentioned that the Library Board is constructing a short and long-term landscaping plan.

Library Director Brittany Moeller said, “I would add how appreciative we are to the community of Dell Rapids! Everyone has shown tremendous amounts of support during this project, and we are so excited to move back in! We have big plans for the new library, and we can’t wait to get them started!”

St Mary School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

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The Dell Rapids St Mary School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week Monday, January 26th, through Friday, January 30th.  An all-school mass will take place on Wednesday, January 21st, at the Sioux Falls Arena at 11:30 p.m.  All next week the students will be bringing items to school as part of a food drive sponsored by the St Mary Student Council.  Each day will have a different theme.  The elementary class that collects the most will win a Popcorn party, and the class in grades 7-12 that collects the most will win No Uniform Days.

There will also be Family Lunch Day on Friday, January 30th. All family members are welcome to come and have lunch with the students.  Please RSVP to Sabrina Kolda by Thursday, January 22nd, at 428-5591 or sabrina.kolda@k12.sd.us.

The students will be participating in other events throughout the week.  A full list of events can be found below.

Wednesday, January 21st

  • All School Mass at the Sioux Falls Arena at 11:30pm
  • Wear uniform pants and CSW T-Shirt (T-shirts will be handed out at school) +Early Dismissal TBA – No Busing!

Monday, January 26th

  • Food Drive: Macaroni Monday – Bring any kind of noodles, etc
  • Rosary at 10:05 in Church led by the Students For Life Group

Tuesday, January 27th

  • Food Drive: Think Breakfast Tuesday – Bring any kind of breakfast items: cereal, breakfast bars, etc.

Wednesday, January 28th

  • Food Drive: Whatever Wednesday  -Bring any kind of non-perishable item to donate to the food pantry
  • School Mass with Father John at 8:40am led by St. Mary Staff
    Wear Your Sunday Best (Students may wear dress clothes to school—no jeans and no prom dresses)
  • Pre-School thru 6th Grade will go to the Dells Theater to watch a movie.
  • Pajamarama at 6:30pm in the lunchroom

Thursday, January 29th

  • Food Drive: Souper Thursday - Bring cans of soup
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the EAC

Friday, January 30th

  • Food Drive: Free Will Donation Friday – Bring monetary donations to support the food pantry
  • Wear your CSW T-Shirt and uniform pants to school (T-shirts will be handed out at school)
  • 8:45am – All School Picture in the gym
  • 8:55am to 10:05am – Cardinal Family Activities
  • 10:05am to Lunch
    – Kindergarten – 6th Grade will return to classroom
    – 7th – 12th grade will report to the gym to watch a movie
  • Family Lunch Day
    – Pre-School at 10:55
    – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade at 11:00am
    – 3rd – 4th Grade at 11:10am
    – 5th- 6th Grade at 11:15am
    – 7th-12th Grade at Noon
  • Talent Show at 12:45 to 1:45pm – Everyone is welcome to come!
  • Early Dismissal at 2:00pm – No Busing!

City Council Meeting: 1/19/15

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, January 19th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include library building project update, second reading and adoption of ordinance 815, Northview Dr/10th Street project surfacing plan, resolution 2015-12, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

DR Booster Club Donates Trailer to School

The Dell Rapids Booster Club has donated a new trailer to the Dell Rapids School.  The school board approved the donation during their regular meeting on Monday, January 12th.  The new trailer is a black Carry-On Cargo trailer that is 6’x10′.  The intended use of the trailer will be to haul equipment to and from extra-curricular events.

The DR Booster Club is also currently working to add lettering and graphics to the trailer.  Ideas and quotes are currently in progress.

The trailer purchase was made possible from the tailgaters the booster club held during the football season along with running the concession stand.

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Strong Growth Year for Dell Rapids in 2014

DellRapidsTowerThe city of Dell Rapids had another strong year of growth in 2014.  Over $6.5 million worth of improvements were started in 2014, which includes 15 new structures.  City Administrator Justin Weiland presented the numbers to the city council during the council meeting on Monday, January 5th.

“Another great, positive growth year in 2014.  15 new structures across the community,” said Weiland.  Weiland also mentioned that the $6.5 million was not quite the $9.4 million the city saw in 2013, but the city had several multimillion dollar projects such as the grocery store, Caseys, and Family Dollar in 2013.

The new Ace Hardware store is included in the 2014 numbers since the building permit request was made in 2014.

Snow Removal Ordinance Gets Discussion

SnowStormDuring the City Council meeting on Monday, January 5th, the current snow removal ordinance received discussion.  Councilman Mark Crisp requested that the council discuss the current ordinance.  The current ordinance, which was adopted on October 17, 2011, and made effective on November 16, 2011, states that when a snow alert is declared for the City of Dell Rapids, there is no parking on either side of the street for the duration of the snow alert.

Crisp said, “Why was this ever changed?  I just don’t know the purpose of it.  When you are out ticketing cars right after the snow plows start plowing, you’re taking law enforcement that might be attending accidents and having them write tickets.  You’re forcing people who live primarily in the interior part of town where they don’t necessarily have garages or off street parking to have to skip work to dig their car out after a bad storm.  Where are they going to dig their car out and put it?  The streets haven’t been plowed yet….I don’t see why we tried to fix something that isn’t broken.”

Crisp then brought up to the council that the old snow ordinance was still able to be found on the city’s website.  City Administrator Justin Weiland noted that if the old ordinance was still on the website, that needed to be removed.

When Crisp asked why was the ordinance changed, Mayor Scott Fiegen said, “People were unclear about when’s 24 hours from when?  When are you going to actually clear the streets?  By doing the alert, which I love, it says okay, the snow’s going to quit.  I got the text alert today.  It says at 4:00 a.m. these guys are going to start plowing.  Make sure your car is off the street.”

Weiland also said, “We didn’t come at this decision lightly when we went through this.  There was input from the public works, input from city attorney, input from all the council, there were many, many different ordinances reviewed.”

Councilman Lee Burggraff asked Crisp what he would like to see done.  Crisp responded that he would like to have the ordinance put back the way it was prior to the 2011 snow removal ordinance change.

Councilman David Sommerfeld added, “This ordinance was put in place for something to make it nice for everybody….Another reason we talked it over very carefully (is because) it’s dangerous for our employees to swing in and out of these streets when they are trying to plow the streets, especially when there are cars on both sides of the street.”

No action was taken during the council meeting and the current snow removal ordinance will remain as is.  The old ordinance has since been removed from the city’s website.

Kris Langer Selected as Republican Whip

Kris LangerElected at the beginning of each Congress by members of their respective party, the 2015 South Dakota House Republicans have elected Kris Langer, from Dell Rapids, as one of four Republican Whips.

The Whips assist the leadership in managing the party’s legislative program on the floor of the House and provides information to party members about important legislative-related matters. The Whips keep track of all politically important legislation and ensure that all members of their parties are present when important measures are to be voted upon. When a vote appears to be close, the Whips contact absent members of their party and advise them of the vote.

Congratulations Kris.

Dell Rapids City Council Meeting: 1/5/15

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, January 5th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include first reading of ordinance 815 – rezone request, second reading of ordinance 814 – rezone request, selection of facility plan engineer for the waste water lagoon, snow removal ordinance discussion, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.