It's National Teacher's Week across the country! This week highlights all the teachers in our schools making an impact on children every day. Sometimes being a teacher is a thankless job. That's what makes this week so special.

Teachers are important for so many reasons. They are shaping young minds and inspiring children to pursue their career aspirations. My mom, being a teacher herself, is one of my biggest supporters and motivators.

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Teachers like my mom create a passion for learning in students everywhere. In an effort to support teachers for their efforts, some businesses are sponsoring special deals to honor teachers during National Teacher's Week. Businesses like Staples and Office Depot are offering some discounts to help lower the cost of spending for classroom needs.

According to a report from USA Today, "Staples is increasing its Classroom Rewards through Saturday and giving away free teacher gift boxes, while supplies last. Teachers will receive 20% back in rewards and get up to 5% in rewards for themselves." Other businesses like Office Depot and Office Max have deals for teachers that go beyond National Teacher Appreciation Week. "Now through June 25, teachers can get 20% off their qualifying regular-priced purchases and can get 20% back in Bonus Rewards on a qualifying purchase, up to $50 in rewards," explains the article from USA Today.

Dollar General is also offering teachers discounts throughout the month of May. They are giving teachers 5% off their purchase with proof of an exclusive-teacher discount coupon.

Restaurants are giving teachers some “food freebies” too like SonicFreddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and Buffalo Wild Wings. More details on all these delicious deals can be found here.

Thank you to all of our Sioux Empire teachers! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our students.


13 Times Sioux Falls Made it into a 'Jeopardy!' Question

If the world was divided into Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune people, I would be down for Jeopardy! all the way. It's a lot more fun, it makes me feel smart because I can retain lots of trivia, and I am a horrible speller. So Wheel is out, no whammies.

Recently I discovered (I mean wasted a lot of time on) a website that is an archive of clues that have been on Jeopardy!.

While digging around the archive, I wanted to find out how often Sioux Falls came up in a question (Answer) on the show. Since 1990 Sioux Falls has been part of a question or an answer 13 times.


See Some of Sioux Falls' Beautiful Murals [PHOTOS]

I was in Canton, SD, and I happened upon a new mural.

It was really cool and that got me thinking that I know of a few murals in Sioux Falls, but I bet there's more than I realize. So, I put it out on social media for the people of Sioux Falls to tell me where all the murals are!

A few of them I had never seen, or never even been to that part of town, and a few of them, I drive by all the time and never noticed!

I know a few businesses have murals inside their establishments, but I decided to keep it to murals that are totally open for the public to see. No need to be 21!

So, here we go! Let's check out some of Sioux Falls' murals.
Did I miss one? Let me know!

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