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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

9 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

9 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Along with the start of springtime, April is known for National Poetry Month—the largest literary celebration in the world. Millions of poetry fans celebrate and demonstrate poetry’s important place in our culture. National Poetry Month is about highlighting the extraordinary legacies of poets, encouraging wider poetry reading and increasing the attention and support of poetry in education.

Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month. 

 

1. Memorize a famous poem. Sounds simple enough, right? However, if you find a challenging poem, memorizing can be difficult. Try something new by memorizing a famous poem you enjoy, and see how much you can impress others with your hidden poetry talent.

2. Write a poem. One great way to celebrate National Poetry Month is by writing your own poem. Get creative and stretch your abilities to see if you have a hidden talent.

3. Collaborate on a poem with friends. If you really want to get out of your comfort zone, think about collaborating on a group poem with friends or family members. See if there are any writing or poetry programs online to collaborate on poetry together.

4. Start a poetry reading group. Keep things going even beyond National Poetry Month by starting a poetry reading group with other interested friends, family or co-workers. Or, see about starting a group with people in your community who want teaching and support.

5. Read a daily poem. Get in the spirit of things by selecting a new poem to read each morning this month. Share it with friends and family to start your day off on a high note.

6. Share a poem with students. If you’re a teacher, tutor or someone who spends time with students, share a poem with them to foster a love of poetry. Help encourage poetry writing and teaching for years to come.

7. Buy a book of poetry. All your favorite poems in one place. Buy a poetry book so you can enjoy poetry this month, or pay it forward by donating a poetry book to someone or an organization you love.

8. Sign up for a poetry class. If you’re not sure about your poetry abilities, sign up for an online class to learn more.

9. Write a Mother’s Day poem. Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is also just around the corner. Surprise your mother or a mother figure in your life by writing a Mother’s Day poem to brighten her day.

Celebrate this National Poetry Month by learning more, trying it out for yourself and sharing the gift with others. Poetry is a beautiful way to express creativity, have fun and enjoy literary works.

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