Cass County Electric Cooperative granted $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch toward the completion of an innovative remodel of Dakota Memorial School—Fargo, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Dakota Memorial School is a fully accredited school designed to provide best-in-class trauma-sensitive education for at-risk children. The population includes the children in our psychiatric residential treatment facilities, as well as Day Students from public schools in the surrounding area.
A survey of schools in Fargo and the surrounding communities revealed an increasing need for the specialized educational services offered at Dakota Memorial School. The remodel will add classrooms and other learning spaces to meet the growing need of our community by increasing the number of students we are able to serve.
Most students come to Dakota Memorial School with a history of poor attendance and academic performance, as well as difficulty with social interactions and situations. They have varying degrees of emotional, physical, mental, and/or behavioral challenges. These challenges result in uniquely different learning needs than the average child their age. But, with the right people surrounding them, and in the right environment, even a deeply wounded boy or girl can achieve academic success.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves. In addition to Residential Treatment Facilities in Fargo, Bismarck, and Minot, the Ranch provides Outpatient Psychiatric and Psychological Services, and Spiritual Life Programs. Our on-campus school, Dakota Memorial School (DMS), provides a personalized education for kids who have psychiatric, behavioral and trauma issues.
Cass County Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution system, serving nearly 60,000 meters in a 10-county area in southeastern North Dakota. The mission of Cass County Electric Cooperative is to serve their members’ energy needs with affordable and reliable electricity.