Dacotah Bank Continues Investment in Local Education with $30,000 Charitable Donation to Teach For America–South Dakota


Mission, S.D., May 2, 2016—Today, Teach For America–South Dakota announced Dacotah Bank has committed a $30,000 charitable donation to the education nonprofit. Over the next three years, this funding will support the recruitment, training, and professional development of teacher who are a part of Teach For America–South Dakota’s current teaching corps and alumni network. Teach For America recruits and prepares top college graduates and professionals to teach for at least two years in urban and rural communities, make meaningful differences for their students, and develops them as life-long leaders in education and other fields.   

“We are so grateful for Dacotah Bank’s leadership in supporting Teach For America corps members and alumni in South Dakota, as they work alongside other committed education and partners to ensure that all of our children have access to an excellent education,” said Jim Curran, executive director of Teach For America–South Dakota. “Dacotah Bank’s generous donation helps enable us to fulfill our commitment to our students and families.”

In 2012, Dacotah Bank committed a three-year charitable donation at $10,000 per year. The bank’s most recent donation with also be distributed over three years. To date, Dacotah Bank has contributed $40,000 to Teach For America–South Dakota.

Joe Senger, CEO and president of Dacotah Bank, added, “The continued financial support of Teach For America is important on many fronts. For over 50 years, our company has been committed to the health and vitality of the communities we serve. We are making this investment in the education of young people in key geographical areas of our footprint to help ensure tomorrow’s adult citizens can take advantage of their opportunity to learn.”

In 2004, Teach For America joined the South Dakota education community with 17 corps members teaching on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. The organization aims to support its tribal partners in providing a high-quality education that equips students with the skills necessary to reach their full potential and to help cultivate the next generation of community and tribal leaders. Today, nearly 100 corps members and alumni remain steadfast in their commitment to expand educational opportunities across sovereign Lakota nations that often face extreme teacher shortages.

Locally, Teach For America has become a long-time partner in the effort to ensure that every child has access to an excellent and equitable education. In addition to recruiting new teachers, the organization also focuses on developing its alumni as leaders in education and in other fields committed to eliminating educational inequity and ensuring that our country lives up to its highest ideals for every child.

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Photo caption: Dacotah Bank representatives Sioux Falls Market President Matt Smith and Southeast Region President Dave Bangasser present check to Teach For America–South Dakota Executive Director Jim Curran.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter