District 191 Know Your Neighbor Information and Resource Sharing 3/25/2020
Know Your Neighbor is a community driven initiative comprised of individuals from District 191 Community Education, the Burnsville YMCA, the Burnhaven Library and community members. Their goal is to provide opportunities for community members to come together for intentional social interactions, education and conversation. While Know Your Neighbor meetings and activities are suspended during the current Covid-19 health crisis, the group has pulled together a list of resources community members may find useful. We acknowledge this is by no means a comprehenisive listing. If you have a resource you'd like to share, please email
Stay safe and be well as we all look forward to gathering together again.
Sew Masks for healthcare personnel: Link to Blue Cross MN.
Blood Drive: Blood is in short supply. Here are two links for more info:
MN Red Cross
Memorial Blood Centers
MN Covid Sitters
MN CovidSitters - local students helping with childcare and other household tasks for healthcare professionals while they are on the frontlines. They are in desperate need of volunteers that meet the following criteria:
- University/college affiliated (grad or undergrad) (MN school or not)
- Passed background check done by school
- Up-to-date on vaccinations (including most recent flu)
- For childcare, need to be CPR/BLS certified
You’ll also find listings of organizations that care for our most vulnerable populations that are in need of support, and additional links to donate time or money and volunteer opportunities if you are not a student.
A Forum to connect people in Savage/Burnsville/Prior Lake:
Savage/Burnsville/Prior Lake Mutual Aid
Childcare for Healthcare and Emergency Workers
District 191 will provide childcare for children of healthcare & emergency workers (see who qualifies) and District 191 staff members beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and continue for as long as schools are closed to students due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). During spring break, March 23-27, childcare will continue to be available for healthcare and emergency workers, but not for District 191 staff.
- Grades K-5: Marion W. Savage and Gideon Pond
- Children 6 weeks old to 5 years old: Diamondhead Education Center
Hours of Operation
Childcare will be provided from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Register online through 191 Community Education
Proof of employer will be required when dropping off your child.
- Gideon Pond: 952-707-3008
- Marion W. Savage: 952-707-3208
- Diamondhead: 952-707-4146
Meals will be available at the two childcare locations—Gideon Pond and Marion W. Savage Elementary—only for the children participating in childcare provided to healthcare and emergency workers, weekdays starting on Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. More on student meals. on the district website.
Additional Food Resources
BrainPower in a BackPack is a volunteer poruject of ISD 191 Community Education and Burnsville High School. Students pack weekend food for over 1,000 preschool, elementary and middle school students. Because academic performance is related to nutrition, the goal is to improve the student learning experience for children with the greatest need in ISD 191. Distribution continues and families who receive meals from BrainPower have been contacted directly with details.
Community Pantry 191 is an extention of BrainPower in a BackPack. It occurs on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5 pm. (or as long as supplies last) This program provides food at no cost to participants and if offered in partnership with Second Harvest Food Shelf to serve community members whose food needs are greatest.
The next pick up dates are April 7 and April 21. Curbside at Diamondhead Educaton Center, lower level by Door #11.
State Hotline for Families
Created for families to obtain information about childcare resources and other general questions about the school closure. While many of the details around specific plans will come at the district level, you may call the hotline to inquire about state level resources and questions.
The State Information Hotline at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Metro area: 651-297-1304.
Dakota County Library Virtual Resources
Virtual Programming Page shows: Virtual Story Times, How to Use Facebook Live, and Small Business Counseling with SCORE
- Virtual Story times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Dakota County Library's Facebook live at 9:30 CST. 20-25 minutes-includes: songs, rhymes, books, and early literacy tips
- Small Business Counseling with SCORE
- Get free, confidential counseling from Ron Seipp, an experienced SCORE counselor, who will help you navigate the planning or operating of your small business.
- To make a virtual appointment, email Ron at .
- Join the Raptor Center for their weekly “Reading with Raptors”- a virtual experience connecting kids with books and birds. Tuesdays at 11 am. March 31, April 7, April 14.
- Poetry contest through the Dakota County Library: For Everyone
Upcoming Online Classes with ISD 191 Community Education
Keep an eye on the !Online Classes! at communityed191.org
We are working with instructors to bring new opportunities for students of all ages.
For Kids age 6-12 Web Lessons with Young Rembrandts
Online Chords are Key for Guitar or Piano
Mayer Arts online dance for kids age 3-14
Drama Lab TV for students grades 1-5