Read Across South Dakota Challenge Passes Sioux Falls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2020

Read across South Dakota challenge passes Sioux Falls

(Rapid City) – With only five days remaining in the Read Across South Dakota Challenge, Black Hills Reads of United Way of the Black Hills surpassed their goal of ‘reading’ across the state in an effort to get people collectively excited about reading. The figurative car is now heading north towards Dell Rapids.

Black Hills Reads is collecting cumulative ‘miles’ to ‘read’ across South Dakota. For every 100 books read, the ‘car’ will move one mile. In addition, participants have had the opportunity to earn bonus “miles” by completing different tasks or challenges on Black Hills Reads Facebook Page.

The ‘car’ departed from Rapid City on January 6th, and in seven weeks, 2,400 participants have read 36,965 books (including bonus books). This equals 369.7 ‘miles’ driven, passing Sioux Falls and heading north to Dell Rapids.

This challenge included many participants from around the Black Hills and the state including Faulkton School, Pierre School District, several homes and families in Sioux Falls.

 “The amount of excitement and participation we have received from this program, not only in our Black Hills but statewide has been tremendous! We have heard wonderful feedback from parents and school districts alike that this challenge has inspired children to take initiative on reading more books at home and excited to talk about their progress the next day at school!” says Kayla Klein, director of Black Hills Reads.

The challenge will conclude on March 2nd, which is Read Across America Day. For more information on this challenge, please visit the Black Hills Reads Facebook Page, or contact Kayla Klein at (605) 343-5872 or

About Black Hills Reads

Black Hills Reads is a United Way of the Black Hills education initiative. The overall goal is to help children reach reading proficiency by third grade and support partners in this process. Black Hills Reads addresses reading through five pillar areas: School Readiness, Healthy Readers, Successful Parents, School Attendance, and Summer learning. Black Hills Reads accomplishes these goals by providing advocacy for educational programs, offering pilot programs, special events and innovation grant opportunities.