2019 WASB Business Honor Roll
The WASB Business Honor Roll recognizes outstanding local businesses that support their schools. Member school boards nominated businesses, including newspapers or other media, which have been helpful to their schools over the past year. Congratulations to the following businesses and thanks to their respective school districts for their nominations!
2019 Business Honor Roll in the News
Tomah School Boards sets special meeting for Oct. 7, Tomah Journal
Unified School Board nominates local business leaders for Business Honor Roll, Racine Journal Times
WASB and Sevastopol School District Recognizes Bellin Health, Door County Pulse
School District of Abbotsford
All Metal Stamping, Inc.- All Metal Stamping has been a great community partner for the School District of Abbotsford. They recently donated $7,000 toward our new Fabrication Laboratory and have talked about future support. This will allow our students to learn the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century global economy. All Metal Stamping also worked with the district to design and build window coverings for all classroom windows, improving the safety of our students and staff in the event of an intruder situation. They then donated the finished product, an over $2,000 value. This partnership is valued by our small, rural school district and should be celebrated.
Adams Friendship Area School District
A-F County Market -The A-F County Market has donated to many school events and has always supported our students.
Adams-Friendship Times-Reporter – The Adams-Friendship Times-Reporter covers all the things happening in the district with students and staff.
Allied Cooperative – Allied Cooperative has donated to many school events and has always supported our students.
MoundView Golf Course – The local MoundView Golf Course has hosted many fundraising events for our many student sports teams and clubs.
Milk Source – The Milk Source has donated to many school events and has always supported our students.
School District of Athens
S.D. Ellenbecker Inc. – The School District of Athens would like to publicly thank S.D. Ellenbecker for their outstanding support they have given to the children in our schools. S.D. Ellenbecker is a perfect example of a successful business partnership which supports our district motto of “One Town. One Team. One Dream.” We look forward to continuing our positive community relationship well into the future with S.D. Ellenbecker!
Miltrim Farms Inc. – The School District of Athens would like to publicly thank Miltrim Farms for their outstanding support they have given to the children in our schools. Miltrim Farms is a perfect example of a successful business partnership which supports our district motto of “One Town. One Team. One Dream.” We look forward to continuing our positive community relationship well into the future with Miltrim Farms!
Switlick & Sons Inc. – The School District of Athens would like to publicly thank Switlick & Sons for their outstanding support they have given to the children in our schools. Switlick & Sons is a perfect example of a successful business partnership which supports our district motto of “One Town. One Team. One Dream.” Thank you for your many contributions in the past and we look forward to continuing our positive community relationship well into the future with Switlick & Sons!
Janke General Contractors, Inc. – The School District of Athens would like to publicly thank Janke General Contractors for their outstanding support they have given to the children in our schools. Janke General Contractors is a perfect example of a successful business partnership which supports our district motto of “One Town. One Team. One Dream.” We look forward to continuing our positive community relationship well into the future with Janke General Contractors!
Athens IGA – The School District of Athens would like to publicly thank Athens IGA for their outstanding support they have given to the children in our schools. Athens IGA is a perfect example of a successful business partnership which supports our district motto of “One Town. One Team. One Dream.” We look forward to continuing our positive community relationship well into the future with Athens IGA!
School District of Beloit
Wild Sky Books – Wild Sky donated thousands of gently used children’s picture books, early readers, elementary chapter books, middle school chapter books, graphic novels, and high school chapter books. The books have been distributed to 4K outreach events, family services, Little Free Libraries, early childhood playdates, Even Start, the Hugo Henry library at the Merrill Community Center, the Stateline Boys & Girls Club, Beloit Cares for foster homes, elementary schools which have “free libraries,” early literacy events, and St. Paul’s soup lunch among other locations.
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Rock County – RSVP has been dedicated to the School District of Beloit. Their America Reads program has been in existence for at least 25 years. They had 15 volunteers in seven Beloit schools during the 2018-19 school year, putting in 1,081 hours of reading with children grades 4k-3rd grade.
Fairbanks Morse – Fairbanks Morse has been generous with their time and monetary resources. Employees donated their lunch twice a week to spend time with students at Merrill Elementary during lunch and recess. Over the past two years, they have donated 100+ turkeys for Thanksgiving, children’s gift bags for the holidays, pantry items, and $1,300 to purchase each child a uniform for the beginning of the school year. Most of these things were provided for directly out of the pockets of Fairbanks workers, but that would never have been able to made possible without Fairbanks allowing their workers to come to Merrill.
JP Cullen – JP Cullen is a large commercial construction company that has partnered with the district for multiple years to help teach our students about masonry and opportunities in the construction industry. Each year, they donate materials, tools and time to team teach the masonry unit with our construction teacher. This is a significant time commitment for a highly skilled tradesman and demonstrates the company’s commitment to the students. The contribution of the construction materials is critical as well to help offset the significant costs associated with a construction program. This year, JP Cullen has taken on two youth apprentices and is paying them as well as offering them on-the-job training to build on the skills learned at Beloit Memorial.
Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation – The Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation consists of the most influential and civically engaged companies in Beloit. They are the force behind the Practice Interview program which teams English teachers with business people to teach students how to write a resume and cover letter, dress professionally, and successfully present themselves in a simulated job interview. They also serve as the organizing force behind the Reality Store, a financial literacy role-playing simulation that has community partners run multiple stations that simulate the challenges of real life including housing, banking, getting a job, buying a vehicle, etc. Students must navigate these stations and make intelligent financial decisions to maximize their potential to succeed financially. The GBEDC is an organization that works to build and maintain collaborative relationships between local businesses and the district, educating students about careers and allowing them to try them through job shadow and work-based learning.
Berlin Area School District
Farmers & Merchants Bank – Farmers & Merchants Bank has been an outstanding supporter of the Berlin Area School District. In addition to providing significant financial support for a wide variety of programs from athletics to the arts, the bank also partners with the district on important initiatives such as the Kindness Project and College and Career Readiness Days. Additionally, their vice president is president of the BASD school board where she provides invaluable guidance and leadership while ensuring that the district is well-positioned to ensure all students receive a first-rate education in a safe, positive and predictable school environment.
Renewable World Foundation – Beginning three years ago, the Renewable World Foundation partnered with the Berlin Area School District to provide an invaluable nature experience touring the beautiful Isle Royale in Lake Superior for several of our middle school youth. Students from our rural area, who may have never camped or hiked before, are given the opportunity to learn first-hand about the importance of nature conservation and environmentalism. Bill Harris and his organization continue that partnership, bringing hands-on, environmentally focused science experiments discussing renewable types of energy to our middle school classrooms. Through the Renewable World Foundation, many of our students are able to participate in other summer hiking and canoeing trips to Wyoming, Colorado and Alaska, expanding their view of the world and human’s role in protecting our natural resources.
Martial Arts America – Martial Arts America has brought their strengths-based positive martial arts instruction to Berlin Middle School. These hands-on, highly engaging lessons teach character education concepts such as respect for others, respect for self, positive self-concept and confidence to some of the school’s most at-risk students.
Berlin Journal Newspaper – In the 24 hour news cycle age, local newspapers have become a thing of the past. Fortunately, Berlin’s own weekly newspaper, the Berlin Journal continues to thrive. The Berlin Journal reports consistently and frequently about the happenings at the Berlin Area School District. Being from a smaller rural district, it’s often difficult to disseminate information through the larger media outlets. The Berlin Journal reports on everything in the district from the board meetings, to athletic events, to charity outreach and service projects. The paper does a great job of spreading the word about all of the amazing things going on in the school district.
Ripon Athletic – Berlin is privileged to have a world class uniform provider in our hometown. Ripon Athletic provides uniforms to several professional sports teams, including the Green Bay Packers. They have provided financial support and discounts to our athletic teams. In addition, several of the employees support the Berlin sports teams through coaching our youth.
Boscobel Area School District
Baumeister Construction, LLC – Baumeister Construction, Richard Hennessy Construction, Wisconsin Valley Building, Hickory Hill Construction, and Thunder Valley Construction are all local contractors in the Boscobel Area who came together in an effort to help the district with a large window install at the elementary and high school. After sending out RFP’s, we were contacted by the local contractors and informed they would be volunteering their services at no cost to the district. The district would be responsible for the cost of supplies and materials, but all labor would be volunteered. It was amazing to see the contractors come together, develop a plan and install all the windows. This made it possible for the district to complete the entire project at a substantial savings.
Hickory Hill Construction – Baumeister Construction, Richard Hennessy Construction, Wisconsin Valley Building, Hickory Hill Construction, and Thunder Valley Construction are all local contractors in the Boscobel Area who came together in an effort to help the district with a large window install at the elementary and high school. After sending out RFP’s, we were contacted by the local contractors and informed they would be volunteering their services at no cost to the district. The district would be responsible for the cost of supplies and materials, but all labor would be volunteered. It was amazing to see the contractors come together, develop a plan and install all the windows. This made it possible for the district to complete the entire project at a substantial savings.
Thunder Valley Construction – Baumeister Construction, Richard Hennessy Construction, Wisconsin Valley Building, Hickory Hill Construction, and Thunder Valley Construction are all local contractors in the Boscobel Area who came together in an effort to help the district with a large window install at the elementary and high school. After sending out RFP’s, we were contacted by the local contractors and informed they would be volunteering their services at no cost to the district. The district would be responsible for the cost of supplies and materials, but all labor would be volunteered. It was amazing to see the contractors come together, develop a plan and install all the windows. This made it possible for the district to complete the entire project at a substantial savings.
Wisconsin Valley Building – Baumeister Construction, Richard Hennessy Construction, Wisconsin Valley Building, Hickory Hill Construction, and Thunder Valley Construction are all local contractors in the Boscobel Area who came together in an effort to help the district with a large window install at the elementary and high school. After sending out RFP’s, we were contacted by the local contractors and informed they would be volunteering their services at no cost to the district. The district would be responsible for the cost of supplies and materials, but all labor would be volunteered. It was amazing to see the contractors come together, develop a plan and install all the windows. This made it possible for the district to complete the entire project at a substantial savings.
Richard Hennessy Construction – Baumeister Construction, Richard Hennessy Construction, Wisconsin Valley Building, Hickory Hill Construction, and Thunder Valley Construction are all local contractors in the Boscobel Area who came together in an effort to help the district with a large window install at the elementary and high school. After sending out RFP’s, we were contacted by the local contractors and informed they would be volunteering their services at no cost to the district. The district would be responsible for the cost of supplies and materials, but all labor would be volunteered. It was amazing to see the contractors come together, develop a plan and install all the windows. This made it possible for the district to complete the entire project at a substantial savings.
Sand Prairie Construction LLC – Sand Prairie Construction continues to be a strong district partner. In addition to donating materials and labor for our in-ground dugouts at the baseball field, Sand Prairie Construction has helped the district with several other projects. Sand Prairie Construction owner, Brad Bay, provides the district with cost-effective bids, barely covering his costs, in an effort to allow the district to complete projects. In addition, Brad finds a way to schedule projects for the school that fit the school’s timeline and not necessarily his. This was evident this past spring when a pad and sidewalk needed to be poured for the construction of a new shelter. With weather impacting the scheduling of work, Brad still found a way to take care of the school when he could have quickly profited from other jobs. Sand Prairie continually supports Boscobel Area Schools.
Burlington Area School District
Lavelle Industries, Inc.– Lavelle Industries’ ingenuity goes beyond manufacturing the rubber and plastic parts used by companies around the world. The company and its majority owner and president, Rhonda Sullivan, provide significant support to the Burlington Area School District. In the late 1990s, the Sullivans advocated for a Montessori program to be offered through the public schools. Lavelle regularly provides financial support to district initiatives and student activities. The Sullivan family also operates Burlington’s Coffeehouse at Chestnut & Pine that regularly hosts “Purchase with a Purpose” fundraisers for student organizations. Lavelle Industries has a vested interest in the Burlington community and is dedicated to ensuring that Burlington public schools remain competitive.
Reineman’s True Value – Reineman’s True Value supports the Burlington Area School District in a variety of ways. They actively support Project Active Citizen, a program that educates 18-21 year-olds with special needs in a residential setting called the PAC House (in collaboration with Waterford Union High School). They hire PAC House students to help develop job skills, provide supplies for the PAC House dog biscuit fundraiser, and allow the PAC House to participate in their annual Ladies Night in December. Further, Reineman’s True Value has given the district financial contributions and donations to support student activities.
Educators Credit Union – Educators Credit Union partners with teachers at the Burlington High School to host a “Reality Fair” to teach students financial literacy. The program helps students learn to handle money and personal finances. They regularly provide financial support to student organizations and PTO groups by making donations or buying advertising.
Campbellsport School District
Campbellsport News – Our local newspaper is an important means of communication within our community and school district. They cover everything from board meetings to sporting events. Staff shares exciting events that happen in our classrooms. Our 5th graders put on a “wax museum” and the public was invited to attend. Community members read about the achievements of our FFA members, robotics teams, forensics teams, and art and music students. These same groups organize community events that spotlight the amazing accomplishments of our students and the newspaper advertises these events. The newspaper staff comes into our schools and works with students to write articles and create ads for local businesses, which are then published in the paper for Newspapers in Education Week. The students are very excited and proud to see their work published. We are fortunate to have a local newspaper that values education!
Tom’s Quality Millwork Inc. – Tom’s Quality Millwork, Inc. has been a great supporter of the Campbellsport School District technology education department. For numerous years, they have donated usable lumber to the wood classes for use in student projects. In addition, Tom’s Quality Millwork has also supplied items like sandpaper belts and saw blades for students. The inside lumber for the Ice Fishing team’s fishing shanty and wood frames for the mirrors in the school’s locker rooms came from Tom’s Quality Millwork. The woods shop table tops and work benches are being replaced with lumber donated from this same business. Just as important are the industry connections staff and students are making with this business. Many of Tom’s Quality Millwork employees are Campbellsport School District graduates. The Campbellsport School District is very fortunate to have the support of businesses like Tom’s Quality Millwork, Inc.
HT Enterprises Inc. – HT Enterprises played a key role in helping to start an ice fishing club in our school. Several students with their families and staff members approached HT Enterprises for help. HT Enterprises discounted and donated equipment and provided expertise to help get the program started. They also sponsor safety and fishing technique sessions for the club members. The fledgling ice fishing club enjoyed great success their first years and has grown in membership. HT Enterprises also donates prizes to multiple state ice fishing tournaments. The students involved with this program are learning a lifelong skill that they will enjoy forever. HT Enterprises’ continued support of this program is greatly appreciated.
Clinton School District
The DeLong Co., Inc. – The DeLong Co., Inc. is a family-business, committed to serving the agriculture community by providing superior products and services from expert staff. They invest in the future of agriculture by providing an array of career exploration opportunities for students at Clinton High School. The DeLong Co. hosts field trips, participates in career panels and mock interviews, and attends advisory meetings. This past school year, the DeLong Co. co-sponsored our first Career Fair. They also sponsor FFA activities and events, and donate materials and supplies. The DeLong Co. employs students through the Youth Apprenticeship program, allowing Clinton students to earn money and gain experience while still in high school. The DeLong Co. offers internships and summer work experiences after high school. Many of the students hired are Clinton High School graduates. We are very thankful for the business partnership of The DeLong Co.
Geneva Supply, Inc. – For the past two years, Jeff Peterson and Melissa DeBuck of Geneva Supply have come to Clinton High School to talk to students about their entrepreneurship adventure. Last winter, they invited our business and marketing students to tour their facilities in Delevan, Wisconsin. Students had the opportunity to experience Kidz in the Tank. Clinton students have been participating in BizTank, sponsored by Geneva Supply. It’s an 8-week, extracurricular opportunity for students that puts them in connection with some big-time business personalities for the past seven seasons. Ten Clinton students completed the Spring Season. For each session that students, complete they are awarded a $500 scholarship towards post-secondary education. This year, BizTank awarded $8,500 in scholarships to our graduating seniors. Geneva Supply supports Clinton High School by attending our events such as: Reality Check, Career Fair, and Career Panels. The opportunities and support to our students is amazing, even continuing after they graduate.
Cochrane-Fountain City School District
Cochrane-Buffalo City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10406 and Auxiliary – Cochrane-Buffalo City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10406 and Auxiliary helps the district in numerous ways. They sponsor two essay contests for students with cash prizes, a teacher of the year award, a number of scholarships for seniors, Vets in Classrooms for combat veterans to talk to students, Presentation of Colors at school events, assistance at Veterans Appreciation Night, and flag maintenance among other activities.
Jay & Dee’s Special T’s – Jay & Dee’s supports Cochrane Fountain City School District in many ways. They work with organizations on projects and activities to provide clothing, promotional items or advice for events. They assist students to design new logos for sports teams and class projects. In 2003, they helped 4th graders establish a school fan store. They continue to work with the 4th graders to produce quality products to sell to earn money and gain knowledge of business while promoting school spirit! They offer quick turnaround time for organizations to accommodate short deadlines – sometimes as short as two days. Jay & Dee’s can often be found supporting many different fundraisers for scholarship programs and arts and athletics by making monetary donations or supplying door prizes and auction baskets. They volunteer at many school functions such as judging FBLA competitions. Jay & Dee’s is proud to support and work with Cochrane Fountain City School District.
Itechra – Itechra is essential in improving the technology landscape at Cochrane-Fountain City School District. When the IT Director resigned mid-year, Itechra offered a team of experts in desktop support, server administration, network engineering, security and IT management. Itechra also supports programs like the backpack mail program and the Crow’s Nest (school food pantry and free clothing store) as well as athletic and academic programs. They first focused on clearing past support tickets and pressing projects including virtual learning opportunities for snow make-up days, iPads in elementary classrooms, assistance securing $6500 for computers, and infrastructure reorganization projects. They created asset inventory records that inform capital improvement and IT sustainability budgets. Itechra formed an IT user group of staff and teachers to align technology with goals and needs. Itechra’s dedication and commitment to making Cochrane-Fountain City a leader in IT infrastructure increases our confidence in the stability and security of our IT systems.
Durand-Arkansaw School District
WRDN – WRDN has been a constant supporter of the school district. They are a local radio station that covers many of our athletic events. They allow us to do a public service announcement in the fall related to school bus safety and one in the spring related to student drinking for prom and graduation. They also give us unlimited access for interviews of our stuff to promote what we do, and assist us in getting out the messages when we need to inform the public of something important. They are an essential feature of what we do.
Nelson Telephone Cooperative (Ntec) – Ntec is a local telecommunications cooperative. They have been a strong supporter of the school district for many years. Their most recent involvement is providing us the needed equipment to get our digital video and broadcasting class established. This class allows our students the opportunity to broadcast various events in our district and provide commentary of the events. The program has evolved to providing us our own channel on the local cable network allowing us to livestream athletic events to those that are unable to attend. Along with this project, they have been supportive of our district in terms of scholarships and contributing towards various fundraising efforts, most recently to the Bauer Built Sports Complex.
The Durand Courier-Wedge – The Courier-Wedge is our local newspaper. They provide excellent coverage of all things related to our district. If we have a need for a story to get out related to something we are doing in the district, they are more than willing to write the story for us. During our referendum project a couple of years ago, they allowed the district to run a six-week series explaining different reasons for the referendum. They are a key partner for our district in getting out the message of the many wonderful things we are doing.
Elcho School District
Antigo Daily Journal – The Antigo Daily Journal has been an invaluable communication partner. Their staff shares information in a professional and timely manner. They are able to reach a wider base of our constituents than we would otherwise to help share Elcho School’s message of cooperation with community, parents and school to better educate our youth. Last spring, our students raised and donated money to a local non-profit, which they covered. Highlighting these circumstances helps promote the importance to the students of their actions. We also had an Alumni and Community Art Show that was covered in the Antigo Daily Journal, again helping to connect our community and school. Lastly, Mrs. Haefs, an editor, not only wrote a sweeping article for the paper prior to our New Facility Dedication Ceremony, but was a speaker that outlined the history of the school. Her insight provided an outstanding outlook for the future of Elcho School, based in our community’s past, thus strengthening those valuable connections.
Builders Service, Inc. – Elcho School’s focus on building community relationships to better serve our students shows in our partnership with Builders Service, Inc. Builders Service, Inc. has provided a number of monetary donations to support students in activities, academic scholarships and athletics. They realize the importance of community support for our students and it shows. The safety team developed a list of supplies that may be needed in a critical incident to be kept in all classrooms for if and when needed. Builders Service, Inc. donated all of those items, thus ensuring the safety of students and staff. Finally, Builders Service, Inc. is among the local businesses providing employment opportunities for students. They work around a student’s schedule to provide hands on experience through Elcho School’s work release program. This helps support our Academic and Career Planning initiative in helping students become career, college and life ready post high school.
Elk Mound Area School District
Independence State Bank – The Elk Mound Area School District would like to recognize Independence State Bank and its employees for the support provided to our school district. Independence State Bank has provided the following to our district: donations to various clubs, sports teams and organizations associated with our school district; an annual scholarship for a graduating senior; participation in the homecoming parade; donation to the senior graduation class party; donation to elementary PTO events; and Junior Achievement instruction for middle school students.
Ellsworth Community School District
Pierce County Herald – The Pierce County Herald does a great job of covering our schools throughout the year.
American Deposit Management Co. – The American Deposit Management Co does a great job on investment of our referendum dollars and provides good advice on banking strategies.
Elmbrook School District
Milliman, Inc. – Milliman has been a pioneer, lead sponsor and investor in LAUNCH, a premier workforce development strategy for business and industry. Milliman has reached the highest level of authentic engagement in our program. Over the past two years, they have invested financial resources to support projects, provided coaches who support student work, and inspired students to apply for summer internships within their organization. Led by Brian Studebaker, Milliman has served our program as a sounding board, ambassador and key client to LAUNCH and the School District of Elmbrook. With his leadership, LAUNCH has been able to offer students authentic Data Analytic Challenges and provide student-rich experiences that will bring them back to this region after their post-secondary pursuits.
Milwaukee Tool – Milwaukee Tool has created an example of how a business and education partner can impact innovation within the region. In 2018-19, Milwaukee Tool provided over 23 mentors for employee-led, student-driven project experiences. These project experiences were developed from the ideas of how to make Milwaukee Tool a better organization. The mentors from Milwaukee Tool have taught our students the incredible culture that exists. In addition, Milwaukee Tool has been the leader in investing in our Fabrication Lab and LAUNCH facilities within the school district. Milwaukee Tool has invested financial and human resources at an extraordinary level to help us with an innovative way for student and teacher learning which replicates business and industry standards.
Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office – The Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office has offered tremendous opportunities in helping our students gain valuable career experiences. These opportunities help students gain a better understanding of the work world and the many career areas available in the legal system. In particular, students were able to see what is required to provide these services and support the citizens of the county. Several students were able to earn mentorship credit during their time spent in the DA’s office with the support and organization of Ms. Julie Delain. We are so grateful for these opportunities.
North Shore Center LLC – North Shore Center LLC expanded its services to the Brookfield area in response to the increased need for support of healthy youth and families from a social and emotional perspective. In addition to providing counseling services in the community, Dr. Mazius has been a champion for partnering with schools and families. Dr. Mazius has provided parent education, in collaboration with the Parent Network, in technology, social-emotional wellness, and resilience. He has partnered with schools and families as well as with building administrators to provide education for teachers. Dr. Mazius has become a fast partner with Elmbrook and has been a huge asset to staff, families and youth in our community.
Waukesha County Technical College Corporate Training Center – For two consecutive years, Elmbrook Schools has partnered with the WCTC Corporate Training Center to offer on-site training for support staff, covering a variety of professional development topics including personal branding, team building and emotional intelligence. This partnership has been instrumental in employee engagement and satisfaction, and we have witnessed first-hand our employees putting their learning into action. The program was well-received by employees, and thus, we hope to continue to offer this training year after year.
Franklin School District
Krones – Krones was a tremendous business partner for us this past year. They employed 2 youth apprentices, hosted job shadows and site visits, participated in mock interviews, and provided guest speakers for multiple classes and events. Where Krones went above and beyond this past year is in support of our Saber Manufacturing program. They provided guidance and industry expertise on our Saber Manufacturing advisory committee throughout the year as we created and refined the program goals, structure and outcomes. They also graciously allowed one of their machinists to come to our advanced manufacturing class every other morning to mentor the students. This mentor trained our students, providing not only manufacturing skills but also advice and guidance in entering the workforce.
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital – Franklin Campus – Throughout the past year, Ascension provided 30 career-based learning experiences, which included employing three youth apprentices and three community interns, hosting 20 job shadows, providing site tours, participating in mock interviews, and providing guest speakers for various events and classes. These experiences have helped more than 70 students gain exposure, understanding and relevant skills for numerous careers within the healthcare field. Their doors are always open to our students, and we cannot thank them enough for their partnership.
Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore Of Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc. – This past year, Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore provided many different career-based learning experiences for our students, which included providing community internships, hiring youth apprentices, participating in guest speaking events, hosting site visits, and sponsoring a woodworking community project for their inpatient unit. They are always searching for new ways to support and mentor our students. They look for ways to help all of our students find careers they are passionate about and gain skills that will help them in their future careers.
Carma Laboratories, Inc. – This past year, Carma Laboratories, maker of Carmex, has supported our students by providing mentorship and real world projects for our senior business students. Their chief operating officer mentored two students throughout the school year, providing them guidance on both their class projects and their college and career goals. The students were also able to work with their marketing and graphic design teams to design and pitch new product ideas. Carmex also hosted site visits and tours of their facility, hosted job shadows, and provided guest speakers for our classes.
Germantown School District
J.W. Speaker Corporation – J.W. Speaker donated $50, 000 toward Germantown High School’s Technical Education Department for the acquisition of modern manufacturing equipment and programming that better prepares our students for their adult lives in a multitude of workplace settings. These dollars, and the dollars of our other generous donors listed here, go a long way in improving the district’s offerings in the area of technical education. Regardless of whether our students plan on four-year universities, two-year technical colleges, straight-to-work, or military, these donations help our students develop a multitude of skills that are essential in today’s workplaces.
MGS Manufacturing Group, Inc. – MGS Manufacturing Group, Inc. (MGS Moldmakers/Mark G. Sellers Entrepreneurial Foundation) donated $43,995 toward Germantown High School’s Technical Education Department for the acquisition of modern manufacturing equipment and programming that better prepares our students for their adult lives in a multitude of workplace settings. These dollars, and the dollars of our other generous donors listed here, go a long way in improving the district’s offerings in the area of technical education. Regardless of whether our students plan on four-year universities, two-year technical colleges, straight-to-work, or military, these donations help our students develop a multitude of skills that are essential in today’s workplaces.
Bradley Corporation – Bradley Corporation donated $10,000 toward Germantown High School’s Technical Education Department for the acquisition of modern manufacturing equipment and programming that better prepares our students for their adult lives in a multitude of workplace settings. These dollars, and the dollars of our other generous donors listed here, go a long way in improving the District’s offerings in the area of technical education. Regardless of whether our students plan on four-year universities, two-year technical colleges, straight-to-work, or military, these donations help our students develop a multitude of skills that are essential in today’s workplaces.
Green Bay Area Public School District
Dorsch Ford Lincoln Kia – Pete Dorsch (Dorsch Ford Lincoln Kia) and David Cuene (Broadway Automotive) partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School District to develop and implement “It’s in the Details,” a work-based learning opportunity for students in our special education program to learn important workplace skills. Shane McDonough, the district’s work experience coordinator, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation work together to place students as employees in the detailing departments at Dorsch Ford Lincoln Kia and Broadway Automotive. Students work closely with the dealerships’ employees to learn about auto detailing and practice employability skills. They learn all parts of auto detailing including engine cleaning, exterior wash, removal of contaminants, exterior detailing, and waxing and complete safety training and learning assessments as part of their employability training. After completing the program, students receive a certificate of completion and have the skills needed to work in an entry-level position detailing automobiles.
Broadway Automotive – Pete Dorsch (Dorsch Ford Lincoln Kia) and David Cuene (Broadway Automotive) partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School District to develop and implement “It’s in the Details,” a work-based learning opportunity for students in our special education program to learn important workplace skills. Shane McDonough, the district’s work experience coordinator, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation work together to place students as employees in the detailing departments at Dorsch Ford Lincoln Kia and Broadway Automotive. Students work closely with the dealerships’ employees to learn about auto detailing and practice employability skills. They learn all parts of auto detailing including engine cleaning, exterior wash, removal of contaminants, exterior detailing, and waxing and complete safety training and learning assessments as part of their employability training. After completing the program, students receive a certificate of completion and have the skills needed to work in an entry-level position detailing automobiles.
Ford Motor Company – The City Stadium Automotive program at Green Bay East High School accepted the generous donation of a 2012 Ford Focus SEL from Brandon Dixon and Jason Gomez of the Ford Motor Company. The donation of the Ford Focus was provided in partnership with Dorsch Ford/Lincoln/Kia and Broadway Automotive and has helped expand Ford’s Academic and Career Exploration program at City Stadium Automotive. Brandon Dixon, Field Service Engineer for Ford Motor Company, said, “Ford Motor Company recognizes the need to support our franchised dealerships around the country to nurture relationships with their communities in the area of youth career development.”
Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) – NEWMA, with over 200 members, has partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School District for more than 10 years providing multiple opportunities for our students to explore careers in the manufacturing industry. As a key stakeholder in the district’s mission to ensure all students are college, career and community ready, NEWMA provides tours of local manufacturing companies, brings industry representatives into classrooms as guest speakers, includes our high school students in their annual NEWMA Expo, and supports “You Can Make It in Northeast Wisconsin” for our middle school students. NEWMA is one of three partners instrumental in developing and sustaining Bay Link Manufacturing, a high-tech manufacturing learning lab at Green Bay West High School. Bay Link Manufacturing students have completed projects for many local companies including Georgia-Pacific, the Green Bay Police Department S.W.A.T. team, Hudson Sharp, KI, Klemm Tank Lines, Lindquist Machine Corporation, Nature’s Way, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Bridges Construction and Renovation – The Bridges Construction and Renovation Advisory Team has been meeting with district educators and administrators, postsecondary partners, and representatives from the construction industry for over three years. The advisory team includes members representing: Associated Builders & Contractors of WI, Brown County Home Builders Association, DeLeers Construction, Habitat for Humanity, H.J. Martin & Son, Neighborworks/Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), and Quality Insulators. This team of business and postsecondary professionals has guided the district in continuing to build a strong, successful career pathway for our students interested in construction and architecture. During the 2018-2019 school year, our Bridges students completed the building of a new homey. Also this year, the advisory team donated a new construction trailer to the district and provided our students with new tool belts.
Greendale School District
Bluemel’s Garden and Landscape Center – Bluemel’s has been a willing and generous partner to Greendale Schools for many years, contributing to large initiatives that impact the entire district and special projects to enhance learning in individual schools. Two years ago, when Highland View Elementary School staff developed its student-centered theme around kindness, Bluemel’s was instrumental in providing the rocks needed for the students to create kindness rocks at the school. John Lewandowski from the firm assisted staff in selecting the properly sized rocks, and even offered to contribute to the landscaping around the rock garden that was envisioned. During the 2017-2018 school year, John donated rocks for the entire school to participate in the project. During the 2018-2019 school year, Bluemel’s once again donated rocks to the school’s PTO as the project progressed with additional rocks added to the display. The project and Bluemel’s generosity have certainly contributed to the feelings of warmth and kindness toward all who enter Highland View’s doors!
Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) – Jim Bartos and Dashal Young from WCS provided support in creating a plan to work with Village of Greendale leadership and community members to address issues of racism in the schools and community. By being partners with WCS, the district was able to be deliberate about community engagement activities that truly created a strong sense of respect and trust. By using the Community Builders model under the direction of WCS, community leaders were able to engage in deeper conversations about perspectives on race in the community and develop a strong approach to move improvements forward through a Greendale Coalition for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Topper’s Pizza – Toppers Pizza of Greenfield is a generous partner to our elementary schools, providing hands-on, in-school field trip learning opportunities and its products to students and teachers annually. Pizza-making lessons offer students opportunities enriching math, science and the all important communication and collaboration attributes students need. Toppers staff comes prepared and teaches the students all the steps to pizza making. Students have the chance to knead and mold the dough. This hands-on activity is always a hit! Following the educational portion of the visit, students are invited to sample pizza supplied by the restaurant. Toppers staff ‘Pizza’ Marlena and ‘Pizza’ Steve are a great team and Greendale Schools is grateful to have them as brand ambassadors visiting our schools.
Bass Bay Brewhouse – The 2019 ProStart Culinary Arts Program State Champions from Greendale High School are the proud mentees of Bass Bay Brewhouse partner and Chef Kurt Fogle. Fogle and his team are great supporters of the school’s culinary arts program and provide countless hours to the students (and professional development for the instructor) as they learn about careers in the hospitality industry and the important skills required of professional chefs. The restaurant also provides support as co-sponsor of the team’s chef jackets and outings. In addition, Chef Fogle and his fiance accompanied the team to ProStart Nationals this spring, providing additional mentoring and hometown support for the young chefs! Greendale students and staff appreciate the opportunity to work with this professional to develop and hone their skills in culinary arts.
Greenbelt Apartments – Greenbelt Apartments has become a strong partner to the Greendale Schools Pupil Services team. The complex has opened its community room for a variety of meetings and special events, including the district’s special education parent meetings, at no charge. The apartment community features guest suites and has graciously allowed students in our high school summer Life Skills Class to use the apartment for skills learning and practice. In this space, students with intellectual disabilities and similar needs utilize the suite for instruction on independent living skills in a realistic setting, rather than in a classroom. We are grateful for their support of our students and families.
Hilbert School District
Sargento Foods Inc. – Sargento has been an excellent business partner with Hilbert School District. They are always willing to support the students of Hilbert. They have always supported our mock interviews, district calendar, booster club and an annual scholarship to an outstanding senior. This past year, Sargento also provided a matching fund to start up a robotics program at Hilbert. Without their commitment to Hilbert School District, this program probably would not have came to fruition. We are extremely honored and grateful to have them on board supporting the students of Hilbert School District and providing them with opportunities to succeed.
Hortonville School District
Pheifer Brothers – Pheifer Brothers Construction has been a long-time partner in the Hortonville High School Youth Apprenticeship program. Pheifer Brothers Construction specializes in building bridges across the State of Wisconsin. They currently have two youth apprentices and are bringing in another student this fall – all from Hortonville High School. Ryan Pheifer, owner and president, deeply values investing in our youth to assist them in their career-building opportunities.
Plexus Corporation – Plexus has been instrumental in our district’s growth in the computer science area. They sponsor a volunteer, once a week, that works alongside our classroom teacher and assists with the planning in and instructional delivery of our high-level computer science courses. In addition, they have sponsored after-school activities for students in grades 5-12 to expose them to the different opportunities that the computer science areas have beyond high school. Most recently, they sponsored a DigiGirlz Event that engaged more than 70 females in our district in computer science activities. Without their leadership, collaboration with the schools in our district, and financial contributions, the movement that our district has made to better prepare students for computer science opportunities after high school would not be possible.
Skyline Technologies – Skyline Technologies has been instrumental in our district’s growth in the computer science area. They sponsor a volunteer, two times a week, that works alongside our classroom teacher and assists with the planning in and instructional delivery of our high-level computer science courses. In addition, they have sponsored after school activities for students in grades 5-12 to expose them to the different opportunities that the computer science areas have beyond high school. Most recently, they sponsored a DigiGirlz Event that engaged more than 70 females in our district in computer science activities. Without their leadership, collaboration with the schools in our district, and financial contributions, the movement that our district has made to better prepare students for computer science opportunities after high school would not be possible.
Thrivent Financial – Thrivent Financial has been instrumental in our district’s growth in the computer science area. They sponsor a volunteer, two times a week, that works alongside our classroom teacher and assists with the planning in and instructional delivery of our high-level computer science courses. In addition, they have sponsored after school activities for students in grades 5-12 to expose them to the different opportunities that the computer science areas have beyond high school. Most recently, they sponsored a DigiGirlz Event that engaged more than 70 females in our district in computer science activities. Without their leadership, collaboration with the schools in our district, and financial contributions, the movement that our district has made to better prepare students for computer science opportunities after high school would not be possible.
Howard-Suamico School District
Press Times – The Press Times has demonstrated a commitment to its local communities, including regular reporting from Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education meetings and expanded coverage of Bay Port High School sports. The paper’s commitment to digital delivery of content and strengthening the connection between our community and its school district has continued under new reporting, editorial and publication leadership. With more than 14,000 online views of an award-winning, five-part reporting series on the successful HSSD 2018 operational referendum, The Press Times played a critical role in keeping the community engaged and informed.
Greater Green Bay Chamber – The community leaders of the Greater Green Bay Chamber are advocates for equitable and adequate funding for all school districts throughout northeast Wisconsin. Their commitment is evident through active participation at HSSD Board of Education linkage meetings with business leaders and legislators and by development and production of a school funding video to engage a wider audience on a complex topic. Ongoing support for public schools is a hallmark of the Greater Green Bay Chamber community engagement, including the Golden Apple Awards program and the Achieve Brown County initiative.
Kiel Area School District
Kohler Company – The Kohler company donated $25,000 worth of plumbing fixtures for our new athletic complex and Performing Arts Center.
Amerequip Corporation – Amerequip has been a long standing partner of the Kiel Schools. They not only donate supplies to our tech. ed. department, they also donate money to help our school-based mental health initiatives as well as other student-centered activities.
New York Life Insurance Company – Todd Olig of New York Life has donated countless dollars to our school district for special projects, needs, etc.
HUI Manufacturing – HUI has graciously donated thousands of dollars to our tech ed program throughout the years.
Metko Inc. – Metko has donated thousands of dollars of materials and machines to our school district over the years.
Lake Country School District
Mark G Sellers Entrepreneurial Foundation Inc – During the past year, this group donated $20,000 to assist in the implementation of our Innovation Lab and Manufacturing area. These monies were crucial to purchase both tools and robotic items to assist in getting STEM into our kindergarten through 5th grade levels. It should be noted that the Mark Seller’s Foundation also donated $10,000 in to implement our Project Lead the Way efforts in our middle school. They are passionate about getting students hands-on learning opportunities. We are proud to nominate this group and very thankful for their support.
Laona School District
Nicolet Hardwoods Corporation – We would like to recognize Nicolet Hardwoods for donating wood products to be used by our tech ed classroom. They have also donated wood chips to help keep our elementary students safe on the playground. Nicolet Hardwoods is a youth-apprenticeship partner with our district, which has allowed our students to gain valuable work experience before graduating from high school.
Cleereman Industries – We would like to recognize Cleereman Industries for donating metal to be used by our tech ed classroom. Cleereman Industries is a youth-apprenticeship partner with our district, which has allowed our students to gain valuable work experience before graduating from high school. Several of our high school graduates have been hired by Cleereman Industries in the area of metal fabrication.
Forest County Potawatomi Community – We would like to recognize the Forest County Potawatomi Community for their generous financial donations to help improve the learning environment for our students and staff. The Forest County Potawatomi is a youth-apprenticeship partner with our district, which has allowed our students to gain valuable work experience before graduating from high school. We are currently working on a new Farm to School program with the Forest County Potawatomi Farm, which will bring many opportunities for our students and staff in the future.
Connor Forest Management – We would like to recognize Connor Forest Management for their monetary donations to help provide materials for our tech ed classroom. In the past, students have completed projects in the welding/metal fabricating classroom for Connor Forest Management. This has allowed the students to gain experience and it provided a service for the company.
WD Flooring LLC – We would like to recognize WD Flooring for donating wood products to be used by our tech ed classroom. They have donated wood chips for our school forest trails in the past as well. WD Flooring provides employment opportunities for our students after graduating from high school.
Menomonee Falls School District
Chocolate Falls – Chocolate Falls welcomed 7th grade Media Creations students into their business when the students were tasked with making a 30-second commercial for them. The owner met with the students, discussed key points needed for the commercial, allowed the students to shoot photos and video, and attended a presentation ceremony at the school. The owner spent quality time with the students during their quest to build the perfect commercial, which would not have been possible without her input. The owner also provided the students with taste test and made truffles for the guests during the presentation day.
Wittlin’s Service – Wittlin’s welcomed 7th grade Media Creations students into their business with open arms when the students were tasked with making a 30-second commercial for them. The owner willingly met with the students, discussed key points needed for the commercial, allowed the students to shoot photos and video, and attended a presentation ceremony at the school. The owner took time from his day and business to spend quality time with my students during their quest to build the perfect commercial – he even acted as a crucial character in the commercial! Wittlin’s was so welcoming to the students and it was amazing to see the owner at our school on presentation day even when there was so much going on at his business with the huge renovation.
Poppy & Thyme – Poppy & Thyme welcomed the 7th grade Media Creations students into their business with open arms when the students were tasked with making a 30-second commercial for them. The owners willingly met with the students, discussed key points needed for the commercial, allowed the students to shoot photos and video, and attended a presentation ceremony at the school. The owners took time from their day and business to spend quality time with my students during their quest to build the perfect commercial- without their input it would not have been possible. The owners were kind enough to open up the store during a time they typically were not open just so my students could shoot scenes for their commercial! Even my students came to me remarking how kind, helpful, and generous the owners were during the commercial making process.
Pink Lemonade Salon & Day Spa – Pink Lemonade welcomed my 7th grade Media Creations students into their business with open arms when the students were tasked with making a 30-second commercial for them. The manager willingly met with TWO groups of students, discussed key points needed for the commercial, allowed the students to shoot photos and video, and attended a presentation ceremony at the school. The manager took time from her day and business to spend quality time with my students during their quest to build the perfect commercial- she even played a crucial role in the commercial! On several occasions the manager offered to open up the salon during non-operating times so my students could shoot video. Additionally, she did not balk when three of my male students showed up in drag (they were playing the roles of their mothers) at the salon!
Robin’s Nest – Robin’s Nest welcomed my 7th grade Media Creations students into their business with open arms when the students were tasked with making a 30-second commercial for them. The manager willingly met with my students, discussed key points needed for the commercial, and allowed the students to shoot photos and video. The manager took time from her day and business to spend quality time with my students during their quest to build the perfect commercial- she even played a crucial role in the commercial! This was the second time Robin’s Nest has participated in the commercial project and both times they have been so generous with their time and so helpful with my students.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
Paragon Development Systems, Inc. -PDS has been a terrific partner for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. In addition to providing standard IT equipment and services in a timely and conscientious manner, they have also stepped up when we needed significant expertise and advice, providing exceptional value. They also engage with us on a strategic level, providing valuable advice to position the district to make the best use of limited funds.
Sauk Plains Plumbing & Pumps, Inc. – Sauk Plains Plumbing has worked with the district for the last 20 years. They perform many of our smaller plumbing projects including service and installation with our current buildings and remodeling projects. Steve Kuhn and his staff have done a great job and help us with many emergencies and difficult situations. We value their partnership and district support.
Ice Age Trail Alliance – The Ice Age Trail’s Saunters Program benefits fourth-grade students, who receive real-life, hiking experiences on three to five sections of the trail and the opportunity in a service learning project. Students take part in a variety of activities connected to the Common Core and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards while also sauntering up to eight miles per day. The Saunters Program aims to honor Henry David Thoreau’s belief, “It is great art to saunter.” Added Park Elementary principal Monica Schommer: “Our partnership is amazing.”
Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute – The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute has partnered with Clark Street Community School for the past seven years to offer high school students in our project-based charter school the opportunity to learn about dementia, aging and the brain. The hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, access to myriad content experts, exposure to related careers, and the chance to serve as a pilot for this type of educational partnership locally, nationally and globally have been incredibly beneficial for our students, staff and families.
Integrated Technology Solutions – ITS plays a very important role in the safety and security of all 10 of our schools, along with the other buildings, in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. ITS provides design and installation services for our building access control and video surveillance systems. ITS also provides excellent value and is willing to take on very challenging problems to help us meet our goal to make MCPASD as safe and secure as possible for students and staff.
Mineral Point School District
Military Ridge Veterinary Service – Military Ridge Veterinary Service of Dodgeville provided discounted services for Mineral Point Elementary School’s first-ever therapy dog, Cooper. The district is excited to have Cooper on staff to provide emotional support for students.
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts – Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point is a true center for the arts. Shake Rag Alley generously allows the use of its outdoor amphitheater for Mineral Point Elementary School’s 5th Grade Graduation ceremony each spring. Shake Rag Alley also partners with the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission through the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters to offer week-long residencies to their annual writing contest winners. These authors then visit Mineral Point Schools to speak to students about the writing process and their publications. Additionally, Mineral Point is home to many talented, professional artists and Shake Rag Alley has hosted free art workshops for elementary students.
Sleepy Valley Kennels, LLC – Sleepy Valley Kennels of Mineral Point was so generous as to donate Mineral Point Elementary School’s first-ever therapy dog, Cooper. The district is excited to have Cooper on staff to provide emotional support for students.
Muskego-Norway School District
InPro Corporation – InPro Corporation has been a phenomenal advocate of the Muskego Norway School District. InPro is one of our supporters of our Connect Academy, which gives students an opportunity to gain insight and experiential learning from classroom exploration, apprenticeships and career internships. InPro has also been a gracious sponsor of our athletic program. InPro Stadium has allowed our students to have such a positive experience by creating a welcoming concession stand along with a state of the art press box and video display. Thank you, InPro, for allowing our students to learn, grow and succeed!
Ascension: Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital – MOSH has been a tremendous partner to Muskego Norway School District. They currently carry the designation of anchor partner on the new video scoreboard at InPro Stadium, which, due to their financial assistance, helped make the project come to life. In addition, MOSH donates two licensed athletic trainers each year and has donated a sports medicine vehicle to aid in the transportation of supplies and medical staff needed to care for our student athletes on the MHS campus. Not only do they provide services directly to our students, they also sponsor professional development opportunities for our athletic staff. The 1Warrior initiative is an MNSD program that works to unify the 55 plus co-curricular programs we have at Muskego High School and MOSH has taken an active role in the implementation of the initiative. Finally, next year, MOSH Athletic Trainer, Sara Carey, will have our first career intern in athletic training.
Muskego Tire and Auto – Muskego Tire and Auto has been a significant financial and academic supporter over the years to Muskego Norway School District. They have provided constant placement opportunities for our career interns in the field of automobiles. Muskego Tire and Auto opens its doors for tours and is always willing to come into the schools to talk with our students. The owner has been a strong partner and advocate in bridging a strong connection between our community business partners and our extracurricular activities.
Muskego Youth Football – The Muskego Youth Football program is a nonprofit program that provides tackle football to students from 1st through 8th grade. This organization has partnered with the Muskego High School Football Program for over a decade leading to the ongoing strengthening of the football program. The youth program has more than 100 volunteers who partner with high school football coaching staff to teach the youth in our district to be better on and off the field. In addition to the significant athletic partnership with the high school football program, the youth program has also provided significant financial support in the form of equipment and monetary donations over the years. Most recently, they donated $100,000 towards the installation of turf at Inpro Stadium.
The NARI Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. – The Milwaukee NARI Foundation has provided $9,000 in cash donations to Muskego High School construction students over the last three years. As well as the cash donations, various members of the NARI Foundation have provided materials for the construction program at discounted prices. All of these donations have helped Muskego High School develop a robust course in teaching students about the building trades.
The Waukesha Freeman – The Waukesha Freeman has done a great job in promoting our athletes and their accomplishments. They have provided detailed articles along with outstanding photographs. To capture the faces of our athletes in such a way shows that they care about the effort our students have exhibited and performed. They highlighted our accomplishments over the last year, which included multiple team state championships along with individual achievements. We truly appreciate the coverage our school has seen in the paper and want to thank them for supporting our endeavors.
Necedah Area School District
Mitotec Precision – Mitotec Precision provides ongoing support to students through local scholarships, industry tours, donations to support the high school’s Necedah Fab Lab, and learning lunches, in which students can learn about the business and job opportunities. These student-centered benefits would not be possible without their wonderful partnership. We are proud to consider Mitotec Precision a reliable partner that consistently serves the best interests of students and the larger school community. In a small, rural school district, these partnerships are especially valued, and should be honored and celebrated.
Necedah Veterans Memorial Hall – Necedah Veteran’s Memorial Hall has been a consistent supporter of students and our school community. Recently, the Hall and its members supported a community celebration, the Necedah 100. The purpose of the big community event was to commemorate the 100th year of our service men and women returning back to Necedah from World War I. The Veteran’s Memorial Hall provided support for a community-wide pancake breakfast and vintage car show, and gave the proceeds to the school district to help fund a veteran’s memorial wall at the school building. We are proud to consider the Veteran’s Memorial Hall a reliable respected partner that consistently serves the best interests of students and the larger school community. In a small, rural school district, these partnerships are especially valued, and should be honored and celebrated.
New London School District
Stalker Sports Floors – The School District of New London recognizes Stalker Flooring for their constant and continued support of our students and district. Steve and Beth have gone far beyond their generous financial support thru commitment of their time as well as effort. Stalker Flooring has provided numerous employment experience and opportunities for New London students. Additionally, they have been consistent participants in our post-secondary career and job fair. As a business and as individuals, they support academic clubs, athletics initiatives and volunteer to serve on committees. Stalker Flooring has enhanced the school experience for countless New London students. We are blessed to have them as part of our school and our community.
Oak Creek-Franklin School District
PPG Industries, Inc. – PPG Industries continues to be an instrumental partner in education for the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District. During the 2018-2019 school year, PPG donated more than $30,000 to the district, including a $10,000 donation to Oak Creek High School’s Knight Construction program, $8,500 to Oak Creek High School’s Round Table Robotics Team, and $6,000 in scholarships. PPG also served on the high school’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Board Committee and participated in the department’s second annual Interview Summit.
WRTP/BIG STEP – WRTP Big Step is instrumental in providing education and information to our students interested in the building trades. During the 2018-2019 school year, Big Step served on Oak Creek High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board and participated in the department’s Interview Summit. Big Step helped organize a strong building trade presence at Oak Creek High School’s 2019 Career Expo and partnered with our CTE Consortium to offer a week-long summer training to students at Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and Cudahy high schools.
Ebenezer Child Care Center – Ebenezer Child Care is a valued partner of Oak Creek High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) department. During the 2018-2019 school year, Ebenezer served on the CTE Advisory Board and participated in the department’s Interview Summit. Ebenezer also provides opportunities for high school students to complete hours necessary to earn industry-recognized credentials.
Educators Credit Union – Educators Credit Union is an excellent resource for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of Oak Creek High School. In addition to serving on the Oak Creek High School CTE Advisory Board, Educators Credit Union also participated in the school’s Interview Summit, providing students with the opportunity to participate in mock interviews. Educators Credit Union also partners with Oak Creek High School to provide students with work-based learning opportunities through the Youth Apprenticeship program.
Oconto Falls School District
BP Riverview – The Riverview Quick Mart sponsors a Panther Pride Pump. At this pump, Mr. Robert Seeber donates $.02 for each gallon pumped. Mr. Seeber has been running a Pride Pump for two years and has donated more than $5,000 to various clubs and organizations within our school system. This donation has helped students attend the FBLA national convention as well as supported a STEM symposium, an All Arts Show at the Oconto Falls library and the Oconto Falls Athletic Department, just to name a few organizations benefiting from this partnership.
Bellin Health Systems – Bellin Health has been a strategic partner with the Oconto Falls Athletic Department for more than 25 years. Bellin has supplied free athletic training services for over a decade. Recently, they have begun supplying a strength and conditioning coach for the middle and high school student athletes. The Oconto Falls Athletic Department has also been involved with other professional development opportunities throughout the years offered by Bellin Health.
Custom Metal Specialists, Inc.- Custom Metal Specialists, which is a local metal fabricating business in Oconto Falls, donated money and services toward our new outdoor batting cages at St. Clare Fields.
Writer to the Rescue – A few years ago, our district held an event called “Destination Education.” We invited people from various stakeholder groups in our community to participate in conversations, which, in the end, developed our five Key Interests based on their feedback. One of the biggest pieces of feedback was the need for communication to the taxpayers and community members. Therefore, our district created the Panther Press Newsletter which goes out to all taxpayers in the Oconto Falls School District three times a year. Joan Koehne, owner and editor of Writer to the Rescue, has played an important part in making this a success. She has assisted us in writing articles and/or editing our articles to create a great resource to keep our voters informed.
The Flower Shoppe, Inc.- More than a quarter of a century ago, Mr. Jim Hansen hosted the first Flower Shoppe and Green House tour for 4K students. Jim retired, leaving the business in the capable hands of his daughter Melany and her husband Matt Rice. This year, Matt allowed all of the student to observe the soil grinding process and plant cucumber seeds. Days later, we received an electronic photo of the sprouts coming out of the incubator. This year, a couple of our parent volunteer chaperones commented on remembering the Flower Shoppe field trip when they were 4K students. The Flower Shoppe also participates in our All Arts Day at Oconto Falls Elementary allowing older students to learn the art of flower arrangement. The partnership and support founded more than 25 years ago has created a lasting bond between this area business and the Oconto Falls Public Schools.
Onalaska School District
Festival Foods – It is my pleasure to nominate Mr. Dave Skogan, of Festival Foods, for the WASB Business Honor Roll. While Chairman of the Board of Festival Foods, Mr. Skogan has been, and continues to be, a strong partner with the School District of Onalaska. Mr. Skogan was one of the primary driving forces behind bringing the Character Lives curriculum to Onalaska High School and other area districts. He led a campaign, with other area business leaders, to raise $600,000 for the implementation of the curriculum. This program has influenced many students, teachers, administrators and community members in very positive ways. The leadership principles taught through this curriculum will have a lasting effect for years to come. This is just one example of how Mr. Skogan leads through his service to the community. Recently, Festival Foods donated its vacant property in Holmen to the Boys and Girls Club.
Oregon School District
Oregon Observer – The Oregon Observer is a main news source for the Village of Oregon and neighboring communities. The Observer’s weekly newspaper publication routinely shares stories that feature the Oregon School District. Each week, the Oregon Observer staff work tirelessly to make sure the community has insight into activities of our students, staff, school board, co-curricular events, athletics, referenda, and more! Sharing these important stories builds the foundation for making connections between the school district and community, which is so important for learners. The Oregon Observer dedicates specific reporters to working with our school district and we are grateful for this important partnership. We greatly appreciate the time and effort the Oregon Observer dedicates to ensuring that the greater community always has the latest information about our school district.
Oshkosh Area School District
Oshkosh Corporation, Inc. – It is impossible to briefly describe all that Oshkosh Corporation does for our schools. The School-To-Work program, for example, provides students with real work experience during high school. Students qualify for the program as juniors, and by the time they graduate, most will likely have jobs waiting. We also have a youth apprenticeship program with Oshkosh Corp., which enables our students to explore career paths in manufacturing and engineering. The company also provides time and talent to our WAVE Robotics team. They have a space in their facility that is available for our students to explore STEM opportunities. Oshkosh Corporation employees serve as mentors to our students in that program and work with them throughout the year. They also sponsor Project GRILL, which stands for Growing Readiness in Learning and Leading. The program enables students to explore and experience hands-on learning and technical competencies associated with foundational engineering and manufacturing skill sets.
Potosi School District
Holiday Gardens Event Center – Whenever we need space for testing purposes, small group meetings or prom, Holiday Gardens is always willing to help out. The school is always appreciative of the what the Bierman family and staff do for the school throughout the year. Sharon Bierman provides some of the BEST homemade lemon poppyseed bread on the planet for bake sales and fundraisers. Holiday Gardens also employs numerous students during the year. They are excellent partner in the community.
Racine School District
Racine Metal-Fab – Dean Popek, chief financial officer, has been a leader in helping to establish procedures and protocols for the Academies of Racine (AoR). He provides leadership in the recruitment and onboarding of students for youth apprenticeships and implementation of coordinated site visits for students.
Twin Disc – Cory Mason, chief information office & director and an AoR Steering Committee member, facilitates professional learning to principals – notably and recently on change management. He’s an active participant in AoR master plan tactical development and hosted a session of principal professional learning during the school year at Twin Disc.
PPG Industries, Inc. – Laurie Coleman, community relations coordinator and an AoR Steering Committee member, facilitated professional learning around STEM/STEAM at Red Apple Elementary School. She serves as the point person as it relates to the dissemination of several PPG grants to RUSD schools (approximately $150,000) for classroom innovation (STEM & STEAM) as well as foundation grants to support technical college scholarships and First Robotics. She also coordinates the tiny home building projects for veterans in which high school technical education students build tiny homes for area homeless veterans. This tiny home project has attracted interest by other areas which hope to bring this project to their community.
Halpin Staffing Services – Tim Mason, director of business development, actively supports youth apprentices, in which high school students work with area business and receive hands on experience in the workplace. He’s an Academy of Racine supporter.
Nelson Bros. and Strom Company – Dave Hall is an active supporter of the RUSD Academies of Racine. He has served as guest speaker at several events in RUSD and received community member recognition at RUSD’s Encore! Awards in Education.
River Valley School District
Ederer’s Do It Best – Ederer’s Do It Best has been a strong supporter of River Valley Schools. They open their doors to field trips, assist our agriculture program and plant sale, and donate items to assist with classroom projects. A special thank you to Angie for her continued support and assistance!
Tri County Building Supply – Tri County Building Supply has been a strong, long-time supporter of River Valley Schools. They have donated many items to assist with homecoming and other classroom projects. Tri County Building Supply was one of our first donors to help get our Elementary STEM Camp off the ground and running. A special thank you to Chad for his continued support and assistance!
J & J Total Lawn Care and Snow Removal – J & J Total Lawn Care and Snow Removal has been a strong supporter of River Valley Schools. J & J has taken on student interns as part of our high school work experience program. In addition, J & J ensures that we have great looking and safe grounds. A special thank you to James for his continued support and assistance!
Greenway Manor – Greenway Manor & Terrace has been a strong, long-time supporter of River Valley Schools. Greenway Manor & Terrace has taken on many student interns through our high school youth apprenticeship program. Over the past three years, Greenway Manor & Terrace has hosted eight youth apprenticeship students pursuing a C.N.A license before graduating from high school.
Pamela’s Fine Jewelry – Pamela’s Fine Jewelry has been a strong, long-time supporter of River Valley Schools. Pam and her staff have provided support to students and families during prom season for decades. In addition, she has hired numerous students as employees. Last, Pam has created custom River Valley jewelry, and consistently provides support in her windows on “Main Street” in Spring Green to our co-curricular activities.
Seneca School District
Johnson’s One Stop Shopping Service – Johnson’s One Stop has long been a proud supporter of the school. They have allowed our class organizations to have fundraisers such as brat sales, car washes and bake sales at the store. They have also ordered products for the school at a discount, such as water for the concession stand, which they then deliver to the site. We appreciate their support of our students and school!
Greener’s Corner – Greener’s Corner has been a strong supporter of our school. They provide ice cream cones to the elementary students as an end-of-the-year treat. They have also been willing to order candy and pizza for the concession stand as a service to those class organizations. We appreciate their support of our students and school!
Crawford County Independent – The Independent has covered and promoted school activities and meetings for a number of years. This spring, they were a sponsor of the Social Studies Games, which were held at UW-Platteville. They forwarded us organizational information about this new event, and encouraged our participation. We appreciate their support of our students and school!
Sevastopol School District
Bellin Health Systems – Bellin Health has worked with Sevastopol School District to deliver mental health services for our students with the highest needs. Our collaboration has allowed for students to be seen at school on a consistent weekly basis. Today’s students face more challenges that potentially manifest in the need to see a professional to help address mental health and exposure to trauma. Without this vital service, our students with mental health needs are unable to successfully function like their same aged peers within an educational environment. The entire Sevastopol community is grateful for the service and Bellin’s dedication to address and treat students with mental health needs.
Seymour Community School District
Times-Press – The Seymour Times-Press has been covering the events of the Seymour Community School District since it began. Having a local paper that can reach the community and beyond is a valuable asset in communicating news and events to our public. They have been a partner in the district by providing fair and accurate reporting and supporting our school, staff and students as well as providing scholarships to graduating seniors. We appreciate having the Seymour Times-Press in our community!
Schuh Construction Inc. – Schuh Construction has been a vital partner in the Seymour Community School District. Schuh has won bids on many maintenance and building contracts, and always ensures that the job is well done and on budget. This past year, the Seymour Community School District expanded and upgraded our technology education department. Schuh Construction was among the area companies that immediately helped by constructing welding tables and booths on a very tight timeline. Not only did they do that, they also donated the material to make it happen! This is the type of relationship that Schuh Construction has with the Seymour Community Schools. Schuh Construction understands the value of students learning critical skills that they can immediately employ in the workforce. Thanks to them, Seymour students are more career ready than ever before!
Fox Valley Technical College – The Seymour Community School District has been fortunate to employ a teacher that truly cares about students so much that she was willing to get retrained in an area that she had little prior experience. Staci Sievert taught social studies for many years when she volunteered to learn the technology education curriculum so that she could teach the classes that Seymour students needed to be successful. This is where Fox Valley Technical College steps in. Not only did the college allow her to learn on her crunched time schedule, they also offered tutoring to help her hone her craft so she could teach it to students back in Seymour! FVTC went above and beyond to help Staci and the Seymour Community School District develop a new curriculum while learning the techniques to implement it in the classroom. Now, Staci is teaching Woods and Metals to impacted students. Thanks FVTC!
Shawano School District
Charlie’s County Market – This business has hired any student that has applied over the years. In the past year, it has supported every school request for staff, students and district needs. It is a grocery store and has sponsored school events, signage and special projects.
Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta – It is another location where are high school students can apply for their first work experience in the restaurant market. Many school functions are supported by the family-owned business. The Badalamentis contribute pizzas for student organizations for free or at a significant discount for end-of-season sports, end-of-year graduation parties, staff recognitions or professional development days. Active parents for their own families, they are very committed to allowing all their employees to do the same. No request for donations to school initiatives has been denied.
Twigs Beverage Inc. – Another organization that contributes heavily in the district. From supporting yearbooks with ads and buying scoreboards for every building to providing a chemical free graduation at all levels of the district from elementary to the big day of high school graduation. They provide refreshments for everything from yearbook signing to Spanish Club annual meetings. Another family-owned business whose children made a significant mark while attending, and continue contributing to athletics and academics throughout the years.
Shullsburg School District
Reilly Plumbing & Heating – Reilly Plumbing and Heating have been working with the district for many years. Recently, they assisted the district in implementing HVAC upgrades with a specific eye toward maximum energy efficiency. The students will be in a better climate-controlled environment and the district as a whole will have the ability to appropriate the energy savings toward student learning needs.
Truck Country, Inc. – Truck Country, Inc. is a partner in our youth apprenticeship programs. This past year, two senior students were excused in the afternoons to work at the Truck Country Auto Body Repair Shop. We hope to have more students take advantage of this valuable program in the pursuit of a career in the auto body repair field.
Shullsburg Community Bank – The Shullsburg Community Bank is a partner in our school-to-work experience programs. In the past, we have had students excused to work at the bank in an effort to learn the skills and techniques of the banking industry. The experiences that have been afforded our students have been invaluable as they progress toward a possible career in business, banking or finance.
Kingsley Crossing – Kingsley Crossing is a local business partner contributing to the enhanced spirit of our school and community through their willingness to work with school organizations and their various fundraising needs. They also are key sponsors of numerous school and community activities.
McCoy Public Library – The Shullsburg Public Library provides our students with programming at the library on early release school days. This past year, the public library and the school district partnered to provide the opportunity for all of our elementary school students to visit the planetarium in Dubuque, Iowa.
Solon Springs School District
Paul’s Pour House Bar & Grill – For the Solon Springs Educational Foundation’s Community Fish Fry, Paul’s Pour House donated, ordered and prepared enough fish to feed more than 300 people. Paul’s has allowed our high school musicians to play concerts at their establishment. Paul’s allowed students to use their kitchen to prepare and fry egg rolls to sell to raise money for a trip to Puerto Rico. Paul’s has been on the Solon Springs Happenings coupon card for the past few years, in effect providing customers free meals for having donated money to our school.
Solon Springs Concrete – Solon Springs Concrete has been a vocal supporter of our school referendum. The owners of SSC attend school planning meetings, participate in local events and donate time and money through Solon Springs Family Fun Days, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and, most recently, through donating the concrete required for our new outdoor pizza oven.
Hidden Greens North – Hidden Greens, managed by a Solon Springs alum, employed many students and school staff members every summer. When the 2019 prom venue fell through, Hidden Greens locked up their alcohol on what would have been a lucrative evening in order to open their doors to our students at the last minute for what turned out to be a fun and safe evening for all. Each year, Hidden Greens hosts our Annual Education Foundation Golf Scramble. Hidden Greens also allows our cross country team to practice on their grounds.
Mertz Rookey Insurance Agency – Mertz Rookey Insurance helped found and continues to support our Annual Education Foundation Golf Scramble which has raised $39,000 over three years. Not only has this raised money for items like our new batting cage and our workout center, it brings people in the community together over good food, drink, conversation and prizes. Mertz Rookey contributes money and supplies each year for Solon Springs Family Fun Days, the music department, our “Eagles Nest,” which provides food and other necessities for students in need, and school supplies for classrooms. Mertz Rookey also sponsors local youth teams, provides funds for families in need at Christmas time, and helps fund PTA events like the Halloween party, movie nights and other student events.
The Little Gift House and Coffee Shop – The Little Gift House was integral to our school securing our Packet Grant for the Arts. They also sponsor the artist-in-residence program that pairs professional artists with our schools art program, and they display our students’ art in their coffee shop. The Little Gift House and Coffee Shop make it a point to provide jobs and training to our high school students. The owners support and participate in many school events and vocally support our initiatives. The shop also hosts the Fall Equinox Festival, providing a great community event, and work to provide volunteer opportunities for our youth both at the event and in a variety of other ways within our community.
Suring School District
Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc. – Diversified Woodcrafts consistently supports Suring School by providing locally made school furniture. Their contributions of display cases and shelves allow our students to showcase their work in common areas of the school. They offered design support in the consolidation of two art rooms into one, and provided storage cabinets and tables that helped make the most efficient use of space. They were conducive to making hydroponics possible for our agriculture classes. They have donated numerous items including oak framed white boards, an ADA desk and tables used in our library. We are fortunate to have a business like this in our small, rural community. Their dedication to improving our school with their products is greatly appreciated.
Peaceful Woods Cafe – Peaceful Woods Cafe continuously offers community support and Suring school is no exception. This locally owned pizza, sub and ice cream shop has provided ice cream treats to many of our students. They offer discounts when the school orders food for meetings or appreciation days. There is not a raffle that goes on without a gift certificate being given away by the Cafe. Peaceful Woods is an asset to our community and their contributions to our school do not go unnoticed.
Village of Suring Police Department – The Suring Police Department has been instrumental in helping our school continue to be a safe place for students to learn. They have assisted with our initiation of ALICE, the application of safety grants which have been awarded to our district, and helped provide the school with extra security measures. They begin preparing our students at a young age to become safe and responsible citizens by visiting our elementary classrooms, sponsoring the CounterACT program, hosting technology safety presentations for our junior high students, and monitoring the high school dances. They do regular safety checks and walkthroughs, and make an extra effort to be present at special events hosted at the school. The Suring School District values the partnership that has been established with the Suring Police Department.
Business Association of Suring Area Inc. – The Business Association of Suring Area helps to promote and enhance business opportunities in Suring. In doing so, they have assisted Suring school as well. They are a big player in Community Wellness Night, which is hosted at the school. They have helped Wellness Night grow more successful every year with donations of items to be given away and money to support the event activities. They annually host a school supply collection drive, which helps make it possible for every student to start their year of learning off on the right foot. This year, they will sponsor a bouncy house to be available at the school’s “Back to School Night.” The association helps honor our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week with donations of gift cards from various area businesses. It is a privilege to have them recognize the school as a vital part of growing the community.
Tomah Area School District
City of Tomah – The City of Tomah works collaboratively with the Tomah Area School District whenever an opportunity is present. We appreciate the assistance provided by the Parks and Recreation Department in allowing the use of the Tomah swimming pool for end-of-year student celebrations and for swimming lessons coordinated through the district’s summer school program, Summer PACK (Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge). In addition, the City of Tomah approved a Youth Training and Community Development Project to secure a worksite/living laboratory for high school students participating in the building trades program. The City of Tomah, through the Tomah Housing and Community Development Program, agreed to fund the construction of a three-unit, one bedroom apartment complex, which students would build with contractors who bid parts of the project. This two-year endeavor provided benefits to the school and the Tomah community. Students were provided with rich experiences in the skilled trades and the city expanded its low-income housing options.
Timberwood Bank – Timberwood Bank is a strong supporter of the Tomah Area School District, providing special recognition/programs for both students and staff. Timberwood Bank University provides an opportunity for high school students to successfully plan for their future through a comprehensive exploration of financial world topics. Students are rewarded for their diligent work with a $250 scholarship and a certificate of completion. The no-cost, seven-week program consists of one 60-minute class per week, culminating in a final essay contest for which first and second prize winners are chosen to receive a $1,000 and $750 scholarship, respectively. In addition, Timberwood Bank supports five local teachers each year by sponsoring some of their classroom supplies. The Bank takes nominations of outstanding teachers and announces the winners at the Back to School BBQ. Every teacher nominated receives a small gift and five teachers receive $200 toward school supplies.
Tomah Area Credit Union – We are very fortunate to have the Tomah Area Credit Union (TACU) as a strong educational partner with the Tomah Area School District providing financial literacy opportunities for our students. TACU has provided checkbooks for our students to use as part of “Reality Check,” a financial simulation program. “Tito’s TACU” is a student-run branch of the TACU named after Tomah High School’s mascot. TACU’s 5-Spot Savers Club, available at all elementary schools, is an opportunity for students to deposit their pennies, nickels and quarters at school. The money earns interest in the student’s account and students can watch the savings grow. At the end of each quarter, TACU donates $300 to the classrooms with the most deposits that quarter. The program continues as students move to middle school with AJ’s Mall. Two $50 winners are randomly drawn from the students who have made deposits throughout the quarter.
Turtle Lake School District
Wisconsin Lioness Club – The Turtle Lake Lioness Club supports our community and graduating students. The club organizes a community scholarship for every senior who applies and is moving onto higher education. They also donate to our SOS and Backpack programs. They are a small group that loves to show support for our school and students.
Cumberland Healthcare – Cumberland Healthcare has been a long-term partner in providing excellent support to our community, students and athletes. They work cooperativity to provide preventative measures and training services for our athletes and donate a lot of their services. They also help our community members and staff members with medical services.
Union Grove UHS District
Plastic Parts, Inc. – Plastic Parts has been an amazing youth apprenticeship employer. One of our students jumped in to a new program at Gateway Technical College for training in Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing. The program was a direct response with the news of Foxconn choosing to build a world-class facility just miles from our community. This student was able to take his new skills and directly apply them through the hands-on experience at Plastic Parts. They provided opportunities for this student to apply and expand his learning through youth apprenticeship. We are grateful to have such a great partner.
Verona Area School District
Miller & Sons Supermarket – Even though they are incredibly humble and do not officially keep a record of their extreme support for our school district, our district has tracked that Millers has supported our nearly 6,000 students with more than $75,000 of donated product or in-kind gifting FOR MORE THAN A DECADE at this level. Their support ranges from allowing many of our student organizations and PTOs to utilize their weekly Brat Wagon (donating all product) to sell brats and make profits, all the way to donating doughnuts or other treats for various events, ceremonies and meetings. They consistently allow our student groups to visit the store for classroom learning experiences, sell our branded district fan apparel, donate product to PTO’s as they raise money for students, AND MORE! We know they are bombarded with donation requests from all 11 of our schools, but they consistently choose to support education in our community!