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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

Pumpkin Patch Activities your Family will Love this Fall

Pumpkin Patch Activities your Family will Love this Fall

It wouldn’t be fall without at least one trip to your local pumpkin patch, right? Everyone gets to pick out their perfect pumpkin to carve, paint or simply place on the porch. However, scouring a patch is only fun for so long. Luckily, most pumpkin patches have other activities to keep you and your family entertained all afternoon. Keep reading for a full list of our favorite pumpkinless patch pastimes. 

Petting Zoos
Many pumpkin patches allow you the opportunity to interact with farm animals such as goats, rabbits or even alpacas. Petting zoos are a great way to introduce children to different kinds of livestock. Most kids get a kick out of getting up close and personal with these animals, but make sure your little ones aren’t too overwhelmed by them, especially if they’re feeding them. Some animals may get a little too friendly when someone’s trying to feed them.

Jumping Pillows
Typically made of inflatable PVC cushion, these trampoline-like pillows can hold about 10–20 kids at a time. They’re a great way to let your kids blow off some steam in a safe way since most are surrounded by soft sand and sit close to the ground. Just make sure it hasn’t recently rained, as a slick pillow makes kids more prone to slipping.

Corn Mazes
Corn mazes are great for older kids who aren’t big fans of haunted houses. They are comforted knowing you’re with them the entire time. Try letting them lead the way in order to give them more independence. Allowing them to take the reins also can improve their leadership skills and communication. If they get scared or frustrated, offer to help them out or have them ask an employee for directions.

Pumpkin Chucking
You can find this oddly satisfying activity at most pumpkin patches. It involves loading a pumpkin into a catapult and flinging it into an open field. Most patches give you the option of watching from a distance or launching the pumpkins yourself. Depending on the age of your children, you’ll be able to decide how you’d like to participate.

Hayrack Rides
Haunted or spook free, it’s up to you. An evening ride through the pumpkin patch is the perfect way to wind down your day of family fun. You get to rest a bit while watching the sun set over the patch. Helpful tip: make sure you and your family members wear jeans or some sort of pants. Shorts and skirts make it easy for the hay bales to scratch up uncovered legs.

Pumpkin patches are a staple of the autumn season. They’re the perfect fall family outing for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out your local patch online and see all the fun activities it has to offer.

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