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Campus and community come together to re-tree Storybook Island
Release Date Monday, April 21, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 21, 2014) – The October blizzard Atlas devastated a community. But it didn’t defeat its people. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, around 100 volunteers from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and city, campus and community organizations have committed to re-treeing one of Rapid City’s most beloved landmarks: Storybook Island.

Volunteers will plant trees in the park, refurbish the entrance landscaping, replace fencing, shrubs and plants and clean up the debris left by the storm.

Organizations participating are:

  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrocker soccer and women’s basketball teams; Triangle, Delta Sigma Phi, Alpha Chi Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha and Theta Tau fraternities; Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Omega Epsilon sororities; InterFraternity Council; Rotary Club; Norbeck Uni; Circle K; American Society of Civil Engineers; Sustainability Committee and University Relations
  • City of Rapid City Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Rapid City Sustainability Committee
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Boy Scouts
  • City of Rapid City Solid Waste Division (donated compost)
  • Rapid City Public Parks Foundation


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