You can help a hurting child succeed in school

Help Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch outfit classrooms so they can enroll ten additional middle school students in their on-campus school, Dakota Memorial School.

“I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if I wouldn’t have come to the Ranch. I would probably be dead.”

Adam, 2019 Graduate of Dakota Memorial School

This is from Adam, one of the six high school seniors who graduated last week from Dakota Memorial School, the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. These six young men and women had been called “stupid,” “unteachable,” “unruly,” and “troublemakers,” at every school they attended before arriving at Dakota Memorial School.

At the Ranch, they learned new words and phrases to describe themselves—”hardworking,” “doesn’t give up,” “mentor for the younger children,” and “straight A student.”  They found people who believed in them and pushed them to do their very best. They experienced, most for the first time, the satisfaction and joy that comes from earning something through hard work and determination.

One of our graduates, a lovely young woman who loves to read and draw, said, “I would like to thank the Boys and Girls Ranch for taking me in and allowing me to graduate. In the [time] I’ve been here, I have seen a change in myself. The Ranch has helped me to grow up quickly. I truly with all my heart appreciate everyone in this school. If it weren’t for here, I fear I wouldn’t be able to graduate.”

Children who come to the Ranch are deeply wounded. They have suffered unimaginable traumas or have mental health issues that make them believe they are not good enough, that they are unworthy of anyone’s love, that life is not worth living.  At the Ranch, teachers and program staff recognize the unique challenges of every student, encourage them, and inspire them to discover what they can be.

With the right people surrounding them, and in the right environment, even a deeply wounded boy or girl can achieve academic success. 

Because children can be successful at Dakota Memorial School, and there are so many on the waiting list, DMS is expanding to accept more middle school students in Fall 2019! We are so excited to give more young men and women the chance to experience true success—to open doors and end the cycle of generational poverty, addiction and despair.

But, we need your help.

We have hired a new middle school teacher and will rearrange offices and spaces over the summer to make room for a new group of middle school students. We need your financial support to outfit the new classrooms with the special equipment, lighting and tools so important to our children’s success.

DMS started incorporating Balanced Learning Environments into classrooms in 2015 and through generous donations from individuals and churches has been able to equip all classrooms with specialized workstations, special lighting, and sensory equipment. When added to a group of professionals with a great deal of expertise and compassion, these special classrooms help kids feel safe, prime their brains for learning, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and stay physically present and mentally engaged in the classroom.

Through a donation now to outfit these special classrooms, you can share the power of hope with even more middle school children and their families. 

To outfit our new classroom, we need the following items. The gift you give today will help us give our children the best learning environment possible.

  • 10 standing desks; $200 each
  • 10 spinning high stools; $100 each
  • 6 collaborative tables; $490 each
  • 10 rocker chairs; $90 each
  • 10 “Quiet Fidget for Feet;” $59 each
  • 10 noise reduction headphones; $30 each
  • 20 soft light fluorescent light filter covers; $45 each
  • 2 Move n’ Rock Student Kit; $90
  • 6 24” x 96” acoustic panels; $439 each
  • 10 time tracker visual timers and clocks; $35 each
  • 10 Hokki stools; $125 each

TOTAL: $12,684

We hope you can join us in helping these young trauma survivors discover their best selves. Your gift does more than provide a physical item for a classroom. It provides a calming environment for an anxious child, a structured environment for a child who craves routine, and a safe and welcoming space for a child who is used to being pushed aside. Your gift will provide hope, healing, and the chance at a bright future.

The most important ask we can make is for your prayers.

If you can also help financially, it will be a double blessing. Give now at

If you prefer to give by check, please mail it to: 

LCMS Giving (C19E2)
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
PO BOX 5070
Minot, ND 58702

Thank you for your partnership with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. We are blessed to have The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod on our team!

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