Trojan Den

This program, which is run by volunteers, is funded by community donations and helps Parkston students with daily essentials so they can focus on having a successful academic year.

Roughly 35% of the students k-12 with the Parkston School District qualify for free or reduced lunch fall 2020. This means that there are a lot of local families who likely struggle with providing the daily essentials for their children that other families may take for granted. School can be tough enough without worrying about having the basic daily essentials to attend.  

The Trojan Den of Parkston

The Trojan Den of Parkston’s sole mission is to work with school staff to confidently distribute daily essentials so students can focus on having a successful academic school year.  The Trojan Den is housed in the Parkston High School.  Items are distributed to all grade levels within the Parkston School District from this location. 

How does the Program work?

Any students in need of basic daily essentials just needs to discuss those needs in confidence with any school staff member, OR any school staff member can bring forth a student’s needs, OR a student can quickly shop during open hours.  If the Den does not currently have the needed items, the Den will reach out to our volunteers who will do their best to help fulfill the student’s needs.  Use and/or request of items is completely confidential.

How can you help make a difference?

1.       Send a financial donation. Make the check payable to the Parkston School District Trojan Den and send it to the school district – In care of Trojan Den. 102C chapman Dr. Parkston SD 57366

Financial donations to this program are tax deductible.  For any donation of $250 or greater you will automatically receive a proof of donation letter.

2.       Donate items currently needed.

·         New items – please drop off at the elementary or high school office.

·         Clean and gently used items – Please contact us for a drop off, or drop off during scheduled events that you will be notified about. – times will be listed on the Facebook page

3.       Organize and host a collection drive at your business or workplace. Please contact us for more information

4.       Join our “Trojan Den” Facebook page to see items we are currently in high need of.

·         Volunteer – or help when you can with donations, be a drop off point or organize a supply drive!

What items are currently needed and accepted?

Clean, gently used items are accepted, except where indicated. Having items sorted by size and washed is greatly appreciated!


*Clothing/ Coats/Jackets/ Winter Wear: Youth size 4-adult (Please contact us for a list of items needed and currently accepted).

     *Winter jackets/hats/gloves

      *Trojan gear/sweatshirts/hoodies/pullovers, athletic

         pants/shorts, t-shirts

  **We will limit jeans, professional wear due to space.

*Underwear & Socks: Adult and Youth (New only)  

        *men’s/boys: cotton boxer briefs

        * women’s/girls: cotton bikini)

         * Bras (sports bras only)

*Pull Ups. 35 pounds (4t/5t) & 45lbs and up (6-8t?)

*Unscented baby wipes

*Shoes: Youth size 11-Adult: (Please only sneaker/tennis shoes/ athletic shoes/ snow boots)

*Backpacks (regular and drawstring)

*TI-30 XIIS Calculators

*Hangers (plastic only)-kids/adults

WE DO NOT ACCEPT: PJ’s, swimwear, dresses, used underwear or used socks


Join The Trojan Den Facebook page for High in Demand items we are currently in need of!


*Hygiene Products (New and unopened only. Most-needed items: Body Soap (liquid), Deodorant, Facial Tissues (travel size), Feminine products, Floss, Hand sanitizer (travel size), Hand Towels/bath towels - new, Lip Balm, Lotion (travel size), Men’s 3 in 1 soap, Shampoo/Conditioner (full size), Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, wash cloths, Body spray, hairspray, gel, Lice kits

*School supplies (New) Binders 1”, colored pencils, crayons, water paints-Crayola or prang, erasers, 2 pocket folders, glue sticks and bottles, headphones, markers: washable, dry erase, highlighters, black sharpies, disinfectant wipes, wide rule single subject notebooks, notecards (3x5 lined), sticky notes, #2 pencils, pens, scissors, pencil pouches and pencil boxes

*Household products (New and unopened only – Please contact us for a list of items currently needed).

     *Laundry Soap-Full small bottles or pods and softener. Garbage bags, plastic gloves, shower caps, masks,


We will also be taking old sporting equipment such as basketball shoes, volleyball shoes (volleyball shorts), cleats, spikes, wrestling shoes, head gear, shorts, baseball gloves…anything to help our kids out!



Donation and volunteer Coordinators: Colleen Mette and Carrie Kafka @ The Parkston School District

 Phone: 605-928-3368 during school hours     Group: The Trojan Den to help donate or volunteer

We would love to stock up on Trojan gear so any student can be ready in Blue and Orange! We need all sizes, new or old! Sweatshirts, t-shirts anything!

We are also looking for local businesses to team up with!

Looking for sponsors for bags, shoe purchases, and other needs.