Governor Kristi Noem has officially proclaimed November to be South Dakota Month of Caring due to the work of the South Dakota Student Council Association (SDSCA), which is co-sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA).
The idea for a “Month of Caring” first came about at an SDSCA executive board meeting in July of 2019. The board first envisioned just having student councils throughout the state go out and do something that benefits their communities, but the idea soon expanded. The board realized that it could be something that citizens, businesses, and nonprofits could all participate in.
“We therefore encourage ordinary people, businesses, and nonprofits to take part in the rich tradition of caring in South Dakota and to go out and perform good deeds in their respective communities. We ask that any good deeds performed are posted on social media with the hashtag #SDCares,” stated the SDSCA and SDHSAA boards.
Whereas, many people across South Dakota have struggled during the past year in the midst of tornadoes, floods and other woes; and
Whereas, the people of South Dakota hold many positive values that date back to the state’s inception; such as a strong sense of community and a help-your-neighbor mentality; and
Whereas, the act of helping your neighbors and community has many intrinsically positive effects; and
Whereas, we recognize the South Dakota Student Council Association (SDSCA) for their efforts to make South Dakota Month of Caring a reality; and
Whereas, we respectfully invite the news media and other outlets to cover such good deeds if they deem it proper; and
Now, therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the State of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim November 2019 as South Dakota Month of Caring in South Dakota and urge individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to perform good deeds to their communities and to post their good deeds on social media with the hashtag #SDCares.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of South Dakota, in Pierre, the Capital City, this Second Day of October in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen.