Last week the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls announced that it would close its doors before Christmas. A letter from their board of directors said passage of a ballot initiative capping payday lending interest loans impacted the decision. The board added that the majority of donations to the nonprofit music academy came from Dollar Loan Center and, without that sort of funding, the nonprofit would have to be dissolved.
There's a turn in the story, however. The day after the Academy's announcement, a South Dakota business owner stepped forward with a call to action. Teri Katzenberger has launched a fundraising campaign to save the academy. She hopes to open a re-imagined academy within a month after the doors close on December 23.
Deb Rohrer, Director of Operations and Curriculum for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, joined Dakota Midday to detail what goes on inside the academy and the important role it plays in the lives of the children who use it.