School in Sioux Falls gets underway in nine days and some students still don’t have the supplies they need. One local restaurant hopes to change that. The Crooked Pint is hoping to fill 100 backpacks.
Step inside the Crooked Pint near the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and you can’t help but notice their current mission.
Matt Holsen: It’s all over the walls.
Crooked Pint General Manager Mandie Berberich: Yes. We wanted to make it really loud and proud so that when people came in, they had to ask why they’re all hanging up.
Berberich says the “Pack The Backpacks” idea came from her kitchen manager. From there, the entire staff has really bought in.
“It’s heartbreaking. I have little boys myself and I can’t even imagine not being able to give them what they need for school. So we don’t want to see a single student not have the supplies they need,” Berberich said.
Crooked Pint is hoping to pack these backpacks through the end of August. After that, they’ll work with The Banquet and the Sioux Falls School District to make sure they get to the students who need them.
“School supplies, notebooks, pencils. Everything they need for school,” Kain said.
The restaurant is currently short on notebooks, colored pencils and crayons. Dakota Kain is a server here. She loves that her place of business is getting involved in the community.
“It’s amazing. I have children myself. I’ve been there, done that. When I was a young kid, mom couldn’t support us. We had to get support from the community. Absolutely. All for it,” Kain said.
Crooked Pint is also collecting wipes and tissues for teachers. The restaurant opens at 6 a.m. during the week.