The 16th Annual Project Warm-Up

Project Warm-up

Join us for the biggest blanket-making party around OR… host one of your own! Gather your team, club, youth group, book club, family, friends, neighbors, or classmates!

Through the generosity of so many great people across our District and beyond, we have distributed over 28,000 new fleece blankets to children and families in need in the Sioux Empire! We have shared blankets with all SFSD schools and many surrounding area schools, Child’s Voice, ERFPN Foster Care Clothing Closet, Division of Social Services, Sanford Castle, Avera Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, The Teddy Bear Den, Chemo Comfort Care Bags, Children’s Inn, Call for Freedom, St. Francis House, and more! Children may be in need due to poverty, homelessness, serious illness, loss of a parent, entering foster care, family crisis, or just need to know that someone cares.

We need your help!

Project Warm-Up is funded solely by the generosity of wonderful volunteers and donors in our local communities and beyond. To continue to our mission-

Donations can be dropped off at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary or the Instructional Planning Center. Thank you for helping us, help others! For more information please contact Tracy Vik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (605) 360-4858.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Available for Children ages 5-11

Child getting a band aid

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently authorized COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11. The Sioux Falls School District encourages parents who wish to have their child vaccinated to make appointments through a doctor’s office or pharmacy.

Vaccines are currently available for children at various Sioux Falls locations. Schools do not intend to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics at this time. There are many options available in the Sioux Falls area.

  • Avera – Contact your clinic
  • Sanford – Contact your clinic
  • Falls Community Health – Contact the Main clinic, downtown Sioux Falls.
  • Some pharmacies may be offering the vaccine to children. Please check in advance.

The Sioux Falls School District does not require COVID-19 vaccination for children. Students will not be asked to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Please discuss the opportunity with your child’s healthcare provider and make the best decision for your family.

Tickets will be for sale until December 9th 2021


Cute and adorable! You could win this year’s CTE playhouse built by their Carpentry students. This charming playhouse has lights, a loft, and lots of cedar. The Sioux Falls Education Foundation will sell raffle tickets to win this charming playhouse.

Tickets will be for sale starting on Tuesday, August 10th, and close on December 9th, 2021. The drawing will be held on December 10th, 2021 The tickets can be bought in person or online. One ticket is $25 or five for $100!

Buy a ticket in person:

Email Allison Struck, to set up a time to pay and pick up your raffle ticket(s) at IPC.

Buy a ticket online:

**Select "Playhouse Raffle" for the Campaign dropdown.

Kids Inc. Celebrates National Lights on Afterschool Day

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Kids Inc.

Educational professionals and families across the nation recently celebrated Lights on Afterschool, a yearly event that honors afterschool programs and the important role they play in the lives of children, families, and communities. Our 22 Kids Inc. sites celebrated with fun activities and games to help bring awareness to the importance of quality after-school programs for kids.

The City of Sioux Falls even joined in on the festivities by lighting up the falls yellow to show support for our afterschool programs. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to our Kids Inc. staff who go above and beyond to provide quality afterschool care for our Sioux Falls Public Schools.

Nominations for the 34th Annual Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year Award are now open!

34th Annual Teacher of the Year 2022

Outstanding, full-time teachers in ANY accredited Sioux Falls school are eligible for the award and $4,000 in prize money donated by Vern Eide Motorcars! Classroom teachers that have at least three (3) full years of teaching experience, a class of his/her own and teaches students at least three (3) or more hours per day, five (5) days a week, for six (6) or more calendar months during a school year are eligible. Classroom teachers may be nominated by a colleague, parent, administrator, student, or community member by filling out the nomination form.

The 2022 Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year event will be held on February 28th, 2022.
Nomination Submission Deadline is Monday, January 17th, 2022