Afterschool Network partners with Sioux Falls on reimagining the city

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SIOUX FALLS - What will Sioux Falls look like in 2040 or beyond?

A group of students will work with city employees in a two-day event to envision a view of what the booming city may be in 20 or 30 years.

Called “City Build,” it will be a hands-on experience for kindergarten through fifth grade students to use recyclables and crafting materials to build a model of the community in which they may live in their older years.

Students will work with peers, volunteer group leaders, after-school staff and local experts.

They will consider challenges such as community needs, climate change and resource depletion.


That’s similar to what local officials navigate consistently.

South Dakota Afterschool Network is partnering with volunteer city employees for the events being held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Terry Redlin Elementary School today, Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16.

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Dustin Hansen, street operations manager for the City of Sioux Falls, discusses snow removal during a briefing on a winter storm on Wedneday, Feb. 22, 2023.
Contributed / Image taken from City of Sioux Falls livestream

On the first day, students will learn from city employees and develop ideas on what they would like the city to look like in 2040 and beyond.

On the second day, they will complete models to present to each other and present the reasons behind their design choices.

City Street Operations Manager Dustin Hansen said in a statement that “building and maintaining a city takes creativity and strategic thinking and we hope these kids are inspired by the activity and learn more about the tremendous work it takes to keep Sioux Falls functioning.”

SDAN Executive Director Billy Mawhiney added that the event will introduce kids to career opportunities with hands-on experiences.

The SDAN works to provide quality afterschool and youth development programs for K-12 students across the state. They try to connect providers, parents and policymakers and offer proven tools and resources.

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