The Pine Ridge Girls' School has received a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant through the South Dakota Community Foundation. The funds are offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation and will help create an evaluation system for the school which was founded in 2016.
The Pine Ridge Girls' School, located in Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is the first non-denominational private girls school on a reservation in the nation.
“We are so honored to receive this grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation and appreciate the confidence they have expressed for our school”, said Victoria Shorr, board chair of the Pine Ridge Girls' School said in a release. “It is very important to us to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of our school and share that information with others. Wopila! — gratitude and joy!”
The evaluation project will track the school’s impact on its students and increase its effectiveness. The school is planning community engagement events to share outcomes of the program.
“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Pine Ridge Girls School as they seek to mine data to show their school’s effectiveness,” said Ginger Niemann, SDCF senior program officer. “In today’s world, it is not enough to believe that we are making a difference. We must prove it based on solid data.”