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8 Broadcaster Press February 23, 2016 www.broadcasteronline.com South Dakota To Require Meningitis Vaccinations BY BOB MERCER State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – Meningitis vaccinations should be required for students in South Dakota, the state House of Representatives decided Wednesday. The vote was 42-25 in favor. The legislation, SB 28, now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his signature to become law. The state Department of Health requested the requirement and had the governor’s support. The department will set rules. The vaccination likely would be required for students age 11 and 12. The vaccine doesn’t work well for younger children. The legislation previously had been deferred seven times by the House. The Senate approved it 23-10 on Jan. 27. “I can tell everybody is wore out,” Rep. Scott Munsterman, R-Brookings, said just before the House vote. He said the long give-and-take in the House was similar to the deliberations in the House Health and Human Services Committee. Munsterman cast the deciding vote to get SB 28 out of the committee 7-6. Rep. Lana Greenfield, R-Doland, spoke against it. “The parents who have contacted me made it clear they don’t want any more mandates,” Greenfield said. Rep. Leslie Heinemann, R-Flandreau, said the House committee’s discussion was “very factual.” “I voted no. I’m not going to change my vote. I’ve been asked several times to do that,” Heinemann said. He praised the public good from vaccinations but said private rights need to be considered against the low occurrence and devastating results of the disease. For Rep. Fred Deutsch, protecting parents’ choice outweighed the threat of contracting the disease “It was a very tough vote for me also,” said Deutsch, R-Florence. He said protecting four children requires vaccinations for 125,000. The story of a small outbreak that happened at a Mobridge wrestling tournament helped Rep. Jacqueline Sly, R-Rapid City, understand the danger. “It affects your family. It affects your community. It affects you forever,” Sly said. “For me, the decision I made was yes.” A fourth member of the committee, Rep. Kristin Conzet, said she struggled too. Conzet, R-Rapid City, said meningitis is more prevalent in South Dakota than in North Dakota and Minnesota, which have mandated the vaccinations. Conzet said the House has often fought over one unborn life during debates on abortion legislation. She urged House members to protect their constituents by voting for the requirement, calling it “a matter of precaution.” In response to a legislator’s questions, Conzet said the state Department of Health is doing its job and the money will be part of the state budget. She said the federal government isn’t offering an incentive. Local Teacher Wins National Award BY SARAH WETZEL For the Plain Talk St. Agnes School in Vermillion has something new to be proud of as one of their Kindergarten teachers receives a national award. Kathy Crowley who has been teaching at the school for over two decades will receive one of the national “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” awards from the National Catholic Education Association in late March at the NCEA Convention Expo in San Diego. “I was obviously excited and happy and humbled at the same time,” Crowley said. “It’s quite an honor and one I wasn’t expecting.” St. Agnes Principal, Darla Hamm shares these sentiments. “I am not aware of anyone else in the state receiving this award in the past but we’re not always notified who wins,” she said. “Like she said, it’s humbling but it’s a big honor because it’s just recognizing her for all her hard work and effort for all she has put into education and Catholic education specifically. We’re excited to go with her to accept her award in San Diego in late March.” The St. Agnes Staff have graced the conference three times in the past according to Crowley. Teachers, principals, pastors and others who serve in the country’s Catholic education system are recognized during the event which takes place March 29-31. “NCEA commends the outstanding efforts, contributions and achievements of exceptional leaders in Catholic education,” said NCEA Interim President Dr. Thomas W. Burnford in a press release. “We are grateful for the leadership of Kathy Crowley who serves as an ambassador of faith formation and academic excellence, and inspires Catholic educators across the world.” This achievement has not come without a lot of work according to Crowley. “With this award they focused on leading, learning and proclaiming,” she said. “So definitely being committed to teaching and helping children learn, being an example for your students and other teachers and people who you come in contact with...I’ve worked with kindergarten children for many, many years and I do enjoy that age. It’s an age where they’re very excited about learning even the simplest things. The key is to help them learn in developmentally appropriate ways.” Crowley has endeavored to share her knowledge by co-authoring several books on early childhood education. “I would say that she is very dedicated to the field of early childhood especially to Catholic education,” Hamm said. “She helps kids with their moral development and to learn their faith as well as learn activities and do things in an appropriate way.” Crowley has enjoyed her time teaching at St. Agnes. “I’ve been at St. Agnes for 28 years,” she said. “We follow the same standards as other schools in the state. We’re basically teaching the same standards to match up with the curriculum. We can certainly infuse faith into all areas whether we’re teaching social studies, math or literacy. In a Catholic school we’re allowed to add that special touch to our teaching.” Both Hamm and Crowley have seen parent and community participation aid in their educational success. “Parents and family is always really vital in a child’s school,” Crowley said. “When the parents are involved the children see that. If education is important to mom and dad or whoever else in their family is in charge, it becomes important to the child.” It really does take a village according to Hamm. “I think that’s one thing that makes us stand out at St. Agnes is our parent involvement,” she said. “Our parishioners, the teachers, the students, they’re all working together for the same purpose. We’re all working to try to get these children to heaven and to develop them as best as we can in their early life so they can go out and make a difference in the world. When you all work together in this small community it has more of a family feel to it so we’re just all striving towards the same goal and I think that’s a great thing about St. Agnes.” Let The Broadcaster STAR TOWNSHIP and Plain Talk Make Cash For You! 6 3 ????3???3???36??????? Educational Program To Prevent Elder Financial Fraud PIERRE – The South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA) is joining the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation’s Safe Banking for Seniors campaign. Through this campaign, the SDBA will mobilize bankers across South Dakota to educate older Americans and their caregivers about elder financial abuse and how to prevent it. “We’ve found that bankers are often the first line of defense against elder financial fraud from educating and advising customers to spotting the signs of abuse,” said SDBA President Curt Everson. “We take our role seriously, and the more we can educate seniors and their caregivers, the better protected they can be.” “We’re pleased that the South Dakota Bankers Association has pledged to join in the fight against elder financial abuse,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director, ABA Foundation. “We look forward to working closely with the association to educate seniors and their caregivers in South Dakota.” Registered bankers will receive event materials, lesson plans, media outreach tools and best practices through the ABA Foundation. The lesson plans focus on the following four topics: • Identifying and Avoiding Scams • Protecting Your Assets by Preventing Identity Theft • Choosing a Financial Caregiver • Acting as a Responsible Financial Caregiver Banks can register to participate in the initiative at aba. com/seniors. Free Illustration Techniques Workshop At The Library The Picture This series at the Vermillion Public Library returns in March with a great (and free) hands-on workshop. Illustration Techniques is the topic of this month’s workshop on Saturday, March 5th from 2-4 pm in the Kozak Community Room. Almost any illustration begins with a simple idea and a sketch – and with enough practice, anyone can draw. In this afternoon workshop, participants will be introduced to illustration through the rendering of a dragon with pencil and paper. Our instructor, Elizabeth Phillips, will break down each step it takes to bring this amazing, imaginary animal to life. The workshop will include basics such as proportion, creating texture, and evoking emotion, all while having fun! Elizabeth Phillips is a dark fantasy sketch artist. She studied at the Art Institute of Seattle for two years in the Fine Arts and Animation field. After leaving, she spent the next eleven years traveling, starting a family, and promoting her love of art and the freelance life. Most materials will be provided, but registration is required, and space will be limited. Call or stop by the Circulation Desk to register, or for more information. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060. 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