Tyndall, SD, Jul 11, 2012 -- Elsie M. Meeks, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in South Dakota, today participated in a dedication ceremony for the Fitness Center project at Bon Homme School District.
“The Obama administration and USDA Rural Development are committed to ensuring that rural communities remain economically competitive by offering residents access to quality health care services, modern library facilities and school buildings, and reliable emergency equipment and services,” said Elsie M. Meeks, USDA Rural Development South Dakota State Director. “We are pleased to be part of this important project that will allow the District the ability to plan and institute excellent physical and wellness education programs.”
Bon Homme School District is organized as an independent School District under the laws of South Dakota. The communities of Springfield, Tabor, Tyndall, Bon Homme Hutterische Colony, and the respective rural areas are included in this District. The Fitness Center will be made available to all students and staff with weight, exercise, and cardio vascular equipment. USDA Rural Development is providing a Community Facility grant of $33,000 to be leveraged with an applicant contribution through the Hoch Foundation of $247,000 for the project.
“The Hoch Fitness Center has been a tremendous asset to our students and staff,” said Dr. Bryce Knudson, superintendent of Bon Homme 4-2. “The facility is a great improvement to what we had previously. Attendance and usage by our students is at an all-time high; coaches and students alike use the facility regularly. Deep gratitude and sincere appreciation is extended to the Hoch family and Rural Development for making this dream become a reality.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.