Mines News

Release Date Thursday, January 17, 2019

SD Mines Mobilizes Students to Serve on MLK Jr. Holiday

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 17, 2019) – For the ninth year in a row, student groups from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will step up to serve as volunteers on the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, collecting food and cash donations at local grocery stores.

The ninth annual food drive will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. SD Mines volunteers will be at the following locations in Rapid City: both Family Fare locations, Timmons Neighborhood Market, both Safeway locations, SD Super Foods and both Walmart locations.

The food drive helps to fill the shelves at Feeding South Dakota and the SD Mines student food pantry. Feeding South Dakota has a list of recommended items for donation that can be accessed here.

The annual event honors Dr. King’s legacy and is an opportunity for Rapid City residents to renew their own personal vows of citizenship through service to others. Last year, 16 student organizations collected 4,400 pounds of food and raised more than $750 in donations.

The organization East of 5th is helping out with the food drive again this year. Interested members of the public can drop off canned food donations at The Garage in Rapid City  from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Monday, Jan. 21.

Checks can be made out to Feeding South Dakota. Cash donations will be used to purchase food for the SD Mines student food pantry. The SD Mines Hardrock Club already raised $150 toward this year’s collection.

Student organizations participating include SD Mines Rotaract Club, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Alpha Delta Pi, Triangle Fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, Circle K International, National Society of Black Engineers, The American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Mining & Mucking Team, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Student Association Senate, Lambda Chi Alpha, Society of Physics Students, Hardrocker Dance Team, Professional Development Institute and Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production. 


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu