State Employee Awards

2016 Awards


Awards and Honors

Department of Education

The National Afterschool Association has chosen Sue Burgard as one of the Most  Influential People in State and Local Government. Sue was one of 33 individual honorees for this award.   According to the AfterSchool Today magazine, the honorees were chosen because they are strong advocates and supporters of afterschool and out-of-school time programs. Their service, research and action in local government influence and affect large numbers of children and families. According to Sue: How could I not be driven to support afterschool programs, when I am continually surrounded by passionate and dedicated people with a goal of creating meaningful, safe, supportive, dynamic opportunities for South Dakota students and their families? I will quote a young boy on the Rosebud Reservation. When I asked why he enjoyed the afterschool program, he replied, 'It just exercises my brain.'