Rylan Fagerhaug, Madilyn Gaikowski and Ryder Roduner sled with recently-cut branches down the ski hill. 

The Wessington Springs Elementary School Robotics team, along with help from their families and community members, recently participated in a snow hill clean-up day in the city park in Wessington Springs.  

“As part of our community project, my robotics team and their families helped remove obstacles like branches and small shrubbery adjacent to the ski hill area,” stated Julie Bruckner, robotics team coach. “I think the best part was when the kids would haul branches to the top of the hill, load them in a sled, and jump on to ride them to the bottom of the hill.”

Gwyneth Dean-Fastnacht spearheaded winter fun in the park last year, re-invigorating sledding activity on the ski hill and re-introducing ice skating to the park. After the inaugural winter season at the park, she coordinated a community effort to help remove bushes and brush along the sides of the sledding area to improve the sledding experience and create a safer environment for kids. 

“Thank you to the robotics kids and families for joining in the clean-up fun,” said Dean-Fastnacht. “We  appreciate their help and good ideas.”

As part of their community project, the robotics team is also in the process of figuring out how to fabricate new hooks for the ski rope in order to make it easier for kids to hold on while getting pulled up the hill. 

Dean-Fastnacht also asks community members to mark their calendars for the first event of the season. Santa Saturday and the SACC chili feed will begin the day on December 14 at the Senior/Community Center. The fun will continue into the afternoon at the city park with sledding, ice skating and horse drawn sleigh and wagon rides given courtesy of the Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train members. More details will be found in upcoming issues of the True Dakotan.