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Induction Category & YearGeneral 2007
Home TownRapid City, SD
BirthAugust 14, 1936
Deadwood, SD
DeathOctober 25, 2007

   Carole Hillard
Champion of Excellence

Legends Bio
 Who is Carole Hillard?

Philanthropic, compassionate, and adventurous are just a few words that describe South Dakota’s first and only female lieutenant-governor. Carole was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, on August 14, 1936. She married John Hillard and had five children. She died in Lausanne, Switzerland, on October 25, 2007. Carole led a life dedicated to public service. She began her political career on the Rapid City Common Council. She then moved on to serve in the South Dakota House of Representatives for two terms. Carole, a Republican, then served as lieutenant-governor under Governor Bill Janklow from 1995-2003. Carole Hillard dedicated her life to making a difference in her community. She helped establish the Rapid City women’s shelter and the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. During the last years of her life she went on to work as an international consultant for the U.S. State Department and other organizations around the world. She traveled to 63 countries working on 72 democracy-building projects in developing-nations. Her son, Todd, is quoted as saying, “She understood the risks of traveling to some remote regions. She was not afraid of dying. She was afraid of not living.” He went on to say, “Her life taught us that one person can make a big difference in the world and that each of us has a responsibility to make the world a better place. She started from the grassroots…with community service in Rapid City. She worked her way to very near the top.” Carole Hillard was always up for an adventure. She and her husband took their children camping and exploring different places around the continent. Some of her favorite places in South Dakota were ghost towns of the Black Hills. She became a private pilot, a licensed scuba diver, and a skilled skier and horsewoman. Some of her adventures included fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda, hang gliding in Brazil, bungee jumping over Victoria Falls in Zambia, sky diving with U.S. Air Force Golden Knights, and flying in an F-16 fighter jet with the South Dakota Air National Guard. She was also a certified Red Cross disaster damage assessment team leader.

Carole Hillard is an example of what one adventurous person can accomplish in a lifetime, with devotion and compassion for helping others and a determination to make a difference in the world.
Glossary
compassionate showing feelings of sympathy for the suffering of others
consultant an expert who charges money for advice
dedicated committed to a goal, cause, or goal
developing-nations a nation with a low living standard, especially when compared to other countries
establish start or set up something
grassroots volunteers in a community getting together to accomplish a common goal
lieutenant-governor an elected official in a state government of a rank below governor
philanthropic showing kindness and generosity towards others
remote far away from civilization
risks chance of something going wrong
Activities
Extended Activities

Carole was a traveler of the world as she visited 63 countries. After reading her biography, find out more about one of the countries she visited. Then create a travel postcard at Postcard Creator to share what you learned about this interesting location.

Common Core Standards 4.W.2 (ELA) • 4.L.3 (ELA)

SD Standards

Create a poem about Carol Hillard. Try “Hold On” or another form you like at Instant Poetry Forms.

Common Core Standards 4.W.9 (ELA) • 4.RL.5 (ELA) • 4.L.5 (ELA)

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Some of Carole Hillard’s favorite places in South Dakota were ghost towns of the Black Hills. Explore South Dakota Ghost Towns to learn a little about some of the state’s ghost towns. Prepare a short presentation about one of your favorites to share with your classmates.

Common Core Standards 4.W.2 (ELA) • 4.SL.4 (ELA)

SD Standards

Carole led an exciting, event-filled life. Read through the Carol Hillard Timeline to learn more about her life. Then answer the quiz questions at Exploring a Timeline. If you prefer, you can print and complete the Exploring a Timeline worksheet.

Common Core Standards 4.RI.7 (ELA)

SD Standards

Create several math story problems about Carole Hillard’s life using the Carole Hillard timeline. For example: How many years passed between the time when Carole graduated from the University of Arizona and the time she earned her master’s degree in education from the South Dakota State University? Exchange problems with a classmate and solve.

Common Core Standards 4.OA.3 (Math) • 4.NBT.4 (Math) • 4.NBT.5 (Math) • 4.NBT.6 (Math) • SMP 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Math)

SD Standards

On a world map locate the following countries that Carole Hillard visited during her lifetime: Egypt, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Japan, Cambodia, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Panama, San Salvador, Poland, Switzerland, Cuba, and Canada. Use an atlas from your classroom or school library, or check out Maps of the World. Print out the Carole Hillard World Map and color in at least 10 of the countries listed above. Use a different color for each country and create a colored map key.

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Create a bar graph to compare weather features in five of the countries listed above. You might compare temperatures, rainfall, or humidity. Current weather conditions can be found at World Weather Online. Click Weather Search and enter the country you are interested in. Create your own graph or try making one at Create-a-Graph. Finally, try writing a few story problems from the graph’s data to share with a classmate.

Common Core Standards 4.RI.7 (ELA) • 4.OA.3 (Math) • 4.NBT.4 (Math) • 4.NBT.5 (Math) • 4.NBT.6 (Math) • SMP 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Math)

SD Standards

Carole served as our state’s lieutenant governor from 1995-2003. What do you know about this position? Fill out the first two columns of the KWL Chart. Then learn more about what a lieutenant governor does at Duties, Powers, and Responsibilities and complete the chart.

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