The Kiwanis Club of Fargo granted $2,500 to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to furnish a Balanced Learning Environment (BLE) in its newly renovated library/media center in Dakota Memorial School, Fargo, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.
Dakota Memorial School educates students with complex learning needs due to psychiatric, behavioral, social/emotional, and trauma challenges. Though these children have been presented with these challenges, they can learn and be successful in an individualized learning environment.
Balanced Learning Environments are an innovative way to help students succeed in education by transforming classrooms into spaces that meet the needs of all kids using specialized equipment and sensory items. Providing these alternative options in the classroom results in students being able to stay in the least-restrictive environment (the general education classroom). Balanced Learning Environments allow Ranch staff to meet children where they are in the classroom, a key tenet to treatment at the Ranch.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered 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.
The Kiwanis Club of Fargo is a forward-thinking, service-driven organization. The Kiwanis Club of Fargo is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Members of the Kiwanis family stage nearly 150,000 service projects, complete 6 million hours of service, and raise nearly $100 million each year for community projects.