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2016 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!


Erickson Medical Home Equipment – Erickson Home Medical Equipment has worked with Clintonville’s school-to-work program to provide many excellent opportunities for our students. They have also donated items for the school, including fundraising activities. – Tom O’Toole, Clintonville superintendent

Tadych’s Econofoods – Econofoods has provided sandwiches, chips and drinks to Clintonville athletes for away activities for many, many years. When students have to travel right after school to activities this has truly been an offering that many schools have not been so fortunate to receive. – Tom O’Toole, Clintonville superintendent

Fort Atkinson

Capn’s Roadhouse – Without hesitation, Capn’s Roadhouse continues to donate to enhance the success of students through time, talent, resources for students starting their experiences in the culinary field. Every year, Capn’s opens up their restaurant for our Prostart culinary students to get a real restaurant experience as they cook breakfast to order and serve patrons. This event gives our students the opportunity to learn about the culinary arts and restaurant management and prepare them for a career. Capn’s also supports the District by contributing to other clubs, events and activities. Capn’s Roadhouse is a valued partner with the District. – Jeff Zaspel, Fort Atkinson superintendent

The Fireside Dinner Theatre – The Fireside Dinner Theatre has been a valuable partner to the District, regularly donating to the district and student extracurricular clubs. Fireside Dinner Theatre is also an employer, providing many students with a great first or part-time job, promoting growth, achievement and leadership in their student employees. The district greatly benefits from having Fireside Dinner Theatre in our community! – Jeff Zaspel, Fort Atkinson superintendent

MK Cellular  – MK Cellular has been a wonderful advocate for the students of the School District of Fort Atkinson, particularly at Barrie Elementary School. Last summer the Cub Scouts decided to benefit Barrie Elementary School by constructing a large “Gaga Ball” pit. This type of structure is expensive, and so by the generous donation of MK Cellular the materials for this highly popular activity were provided. This play structure is utilized by many students each and every day as a good form of exercise and a great way to interact with others. Additionally, MK Cellular has been very supportive of the local parent teacher organization through provision of quality fundraising support directly intended to increase student learning. – Jeff Zaspel, Fort Atkinson superintendent

Spacesaver Corporation – Spacesaver Corporation has a long-standing tradition of supporting the School District of Fort Atkinson. The company has donated large scholarships and monetary donations to benefit our students. Spacesaver has also provided large qualities of building materials to our high school’s technical education department. Spacesaver offers on-site educational experiences, such as job shadow and career exploration opportunities, for our high school and middle school students. The School District of Fort Atkinson is truly grateful for the Spacesaver Corporation. – Jeff Zaspel, Fort Atkinson superintendent


Farmers State Bank – Farmers State Bank has been a long-time supporter of the School District of Hillsboro. Each year they provide donations that directly benefit our students in having rich experiences. Additionally, they host our school annual “Honors Banquet” which has been held annually for 48 years.- Curt Bisarek, Hillsboro superintendent

Gundersen/St. Joseph’s Hospitals and Clinics – As our local health care provider, Gundersen/St. Joseph’s provides numerous examples of support to our school district and students. From services that are contracted to donations of time and resources such as “Club Scrub” which introduces eighth-grade students to health care professions, Gundersen/St. Joseph’s is a valuable resource for our district.- Curt Bisarek, Hillsboro superintendent

Hillsboro Equipment  – Hillsboro Equipment donates money and the expertise of their employees each year to support many local efforts (FFA, athletics, classrooms, etc). Additionally, Hillsboro Equipment has created opportunities for area schools to generate additional funds by providing fundraising avenues that are associated with the annual Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull. – Curt Bisarek, Hillsboro superintendent

Royal Bank – Each year, Royal Bank employees offer their expertise to our students for financial awareness. – Curt Bisarek, Hillsboro superintendent


Initiative One – Initiative One has provided leadership training and strategic planning support to the Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD). We are also excited to engage in a pilot program with iOne to provide leadership training opportunities for our students as part of their support of the Upward Together campaign. Our work with iOne is transforming the practice of our leaders in HSSD. We are grateful for their support of our mission to “work together with families and community to ensure that our students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in a changing world.” – Brian Nicol, Howard-Suamico communications director


Amerequip – Mr. Mike VanderZanden, president/CEO of Amerequip, contacted our district with a vision to come together as a community to ensure all youth in the community are successful in work and in life. He developed a campaign called Teaming for a Brighter Tomorrow with the purpose of creating a comprehensive network of programs that will assist our youth with the challenges they face each and everyday. His vision was embraced by our district because we understand that by working together we can become stronger in making a difference for our youth. Mr. VanderZanden’s support for our students and his unending efforts in making a difference in our community has impacted the district in many ways including financial support for Challenge Day and Student and Family Assistance Program in addition to presentations and events on important topics such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety and suicide. This campaign is a successful collaborative effort where everyone in the community plays a role in helping our youth navigate the difficulties of the world. – Louise Blankenheim, Kiel superintendent

Middleton-Cross Plains Area

The UPS Store of Middleton – The UPS Store of Middleton helped provide more than 700 books for district students last year as part of a nationwide book drive. The store has also sponsored the Middleton High School Film Festival and has sponsored multiple teacher grants through the Education Foundation. – Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area community relations/education foundation director

Copps Food Center – Copps in Middleton has generously donated flowers and food for a number of district events over the years, along with the Education Foundation’s annual grant bus tours where district teachers are awarded inspirational grants of up to $2,000 per project. – Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area community relations/education foundation director

Docter Evergreens – For the past two years, Docter Evergreens has partnered with the district to sell trees and other items in the winter months. DECA students have worked the lot, thereby getting valuable experience in sales. DECA and the Education Foundation have also received generous donations from the business. – Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area community relations/education foundation director

Middleton Endowment – Middleton Endowment has awarded thousands of dollars in grants to various schools in the district as part of its grant process. Middleton Endowment has also sponsored a scholarship for a graduating senior. – Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area community relations/education foundation director

The Middleton Optimist Club – The Middleton Optimist Club sponsors a student of the month and turn around student of the month. The club also awards annual scholarships to graduating seniors. In addition, district students are regular participants in the club’s annual essay and oratorical contests and Kids Fishing Day. – Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area community relations/education foundation director

Mineral Point Unified

Farmers Savings Bank – It would be nearly impossible to measure the impact Farmers Savings Bank has had on the district since first forming as a bank 100 years ago in 1916. From speaking to classes about banking careers, providing generous scholarships, to selflessly donating to countless projects to benefit the school, including most recently a $24,000 stadium scoreboard, their impact has been long lasting and memorable. They also work diligently to make sure the district receives the best rates available when conducting banking business. – Joelle Doye, Mineral Point Unified communications director

Kristin Mitchell Design – For approximately six years, Kristin Mitchell Design has helped the district brand itself with a consistent image and look. From designing newsletters, to school signage, to sports programs, their work has helped the district have a very professional look and feel. In addition, the company gives countless hours to help various district projects by doing marketing services for a stadium project and steering to completion an Excellence in Education Endowment Fund, just to name a few. The team also speaks to classes about career options available in graphic design and book publishing. – Joelle Doye, Mineral Point Unified communications director

Mound City Bank – A relative newcomer to the Mineral Point Community, Mound City Bank’s impact to the district has been impressive. As a bank that is always willing to step up, Mound City recently contributed a monetary donation to the stadium project of $5,000 and continues to provide educational opportunities to our students through classroom visits teaching personal finance and granting annual scholarships. – Joelle Doye, Mineral Point Unified communications director

Point Foods – Point Foods has been a grocery store staple in the community for decades, and has employed countless students. Point Foods provided approximately $40,000 worth of scholarships to graduating seniors over the past 29 years and owner Jeff Basting has been a school board member for a total of 15 years spanning the past three decades. Point Foods opens its doors for younger classes to tour their store and learn about grocery shopping and currency. – Joelle Doye, Mineral Point Unified communications director

See-Mor Grain – The Pointer softball team claimed a WIAA state title in 2013, but the team’s playing facility didn’t really live up to that honor–until now. See-Mor Grain donated approximately $16,000 worth of facility improvements this year that included new bleachers, dugouts, and in-field materials. The facility looks amazing and has qualified the district to host a WIAA Sectional Semifinal game next spring. Coach Quinn Schultz is quick to point out that it is not just the high school team that benefits from the upgrades; it’s the entire community as the field is in use from March through August for youth programs as well. – Joelle Doye, Mineral Point Unified communications director

Oak Creek-Franklin

Callen Construction – Callen Construction is a strong supporter of Oak Creek High School’s construction program, Knight Construction. Callen Construction spent countless hours on the job site, working closely with the students on window, cabinet and gutter installation. They did an outstanding job teaching and mentoring the students by explaining each process in great detail, demonstrating how to do it and then letting the students take over and complete the work. – Lindsey Ziarnik, Oak Creek-Franklin communications director

Dairyland Energy Solutions – Dairyland Energy Solutions completed all of the electrical for Oak Creek High School’s Knight Construction house. Dairyland employees took the time to explain Dairyland’s role in the home construction process and answer all of the students’ questions along the way. Because of Dairyland’s support of the Knight Construction program and presence on the job site, the students have gained the invaluable experience of completing rough and finish electrical work on a residential home. – Lindsey Ziarnik, Oak Creek-Franklin communications director

Oak Creek Plumbing – Oak Creek Plumbing worked very closely with the Knight Construction students from Oak Creek High School, explaining their company’s role in the construction process and demonstrating how to properly plumb a home. Their presence on the job site helped students understand plumbing process and gave students the unique opportunity to actually complete the rough and finish plumbing work. – Lindsey Ziarnik, Oak Creek-Franklin communications director

PPG Industries – PPG Industries has been an instrumental partner in education for the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District for a number of years. During the 2015-2016 school year, PPG donated more than $48,000 to the district including an $18,500 donation to Oak Creek High School’s Robotics Team, $5,000 to Oak Creek High School’s construction program, Knight Construction, and $4,600 for various scholarships. PPG’s contributions have also helped fund various educational field trips to places like the Capital, Discovery World, Betty Brinn Museum, Cave of the Mounds, and Old World Wisconsin. The donations have also aided the district in purchasing equipment for literacy centers, libraries, playgrounds, technology and engineering classes, and physical education classes. Contributions have also supported Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, Safety Cadets, Opera for Youth programs, and FIRST Lego League. – Lindsey Ziarnik, Oak Creek-Franklin communications director

River Valley

Hometown Market – Hometown Market is a locally owned grocery store that was established in 1972 and since that time has been a strong supporter of River Valley School District. We have dozens of activities that go on throughout the course of a year, and Hometown Market generously donates or provides food and beverage items at a low cost. Many of our community members follow athletic events through River Valley TV (RVTV), and we are thankful for the sponsorship Hometown has provided. Hometown Market is one of the largest employers of our students in the River Valley community. It is not easy working around many students’ different co-curricular schedules, but Hometown Market sees the benefit in providing our students this great opportunity. In addition, Hometown Market provides scholarships to students each spring at our annual scholarship and awards night. Through field trips, hundreds of students have been and continue to be hosted by the Hometown Market staff. Hometown Market provides financial support to m any school organizations, including athletic boosters, music boosters, school fair, and directly to many athletic clubs and teams. – Brian Krey, River Valley director of academic services and associate elementary principal

Royal Bank – Over the past year, Royal Bank employees made over 100 personal finance presentations to local schools, including presentations to over 300 students of varying grade levels in the River Valley School District. Those volunteer bankers educated students about the importance of saving and budgeting, how to use credit responsibly, the ins and outs of obtaining a home mortgage or car loan, and many more financial topics. Royal Bank has shown support of the entire school district and encourages employees and customers to “Save Like a Hawk” with support of the school’s “Like a Hawk” banner program related to PBIS. In addition, employees in the Spring Green and Lone Rock offices have been a part of or have sponsored local “Get Real” events that River Valley schools have participated in, provided bank tours to students, promoted the school to work program and held a school supply drive to ensure that students are prepared for the year ahead. Royal Bank has sponsored the district’s website, music boosters program, school fair auction purchases, prom, FFA, athletic boosters, greenhouse project, yearbook, wrestlebackers, and parent teacher organizations (to name a few). Royal Bank has a history of supporting the district and intends to continue this relationship into the future. – Brian Krey, River Valley director of academic services and associate elementary principal

Spring Green Home News – The Home News is a 135-year-old newspaper and has provided school coverage before the River Valley School District was formed over 50 years ago. Since that time, the Home News has given weekly coverage to all schools – elementary, middle and high school – and all events from football to forensics and everything in between. Under normal circumstances, a newspaper prints issues at a 50 percent advertising, 50 percent news ratio to maintain a healthy profit margin. In the case of special sections for our schools such as Back to School, scholarship night/graduation and sports sections, the Home News publishes with less than 20 percent advertising. The Home News has been a generous supporter by donating to numerous school clubs and activities. Our district appreciates the positive working relationship we have with the Home News and the coverage they provide to our community on a weekly basis. The Home News continues to be a strong advocate for public education. – Brian Krey, River Valley director of academic services and associate elementary principal

The Peoples Community Bank – The Peoples Community Bank has been a longstanding partner with the River Valley School District. The Peoples Community Bank has provided financial support to each of our elementary schools for numerous opportunities and experiences including field trips, curricular support, family fun nights, and parent organizations. At the middle school and high school level, The Peoples Community Bank has donated to our annual silent auction, baccalaureate, yearbooks, River Valley TV (RVTV) and post prom. In addition, The Peoples Community Bank is part of our annual scholarship and awards night, providing scholarships to graduates. At a district level, The Peoples Community Bank has been an annual sponsor of our very successful and unique homecoming school fair. Our district relies on support from booster clubs to fund co-curricular activities, and The Peoples Community Bank has supported the athletic booster club, music booster club, and wrestlebackers. In addition to monetary support, The Peoples Community Bank has opened their doors for field trips and bank tours to students at all levels. Employees from The Peoples Community Bank have given presentations to various classes on personal finance and have been volunteers in our elementary ‘Shark Tank’ program. High school students have gained valuable experience at The Peoples Community Bank through our school to work program. – Brian Krey, River Valley director of academic services and associate elementary principal

WRCO – WRCO is a locally owned AM and FM radio station that first signed on in 1949. WRCO has been covering River Valley School District events, activities, and sports for over 50 years. Specifically, WRCO began covering sports in all three seasons when the district consolidated in the 1960’s. One of River Valley’s flagship items is the annual Homecoming and School Fair, which WRCO has provided live coverage from for over 25 years. WRCO has allowed for our school groups, including the FFA, music, and drama departments to publicize upcoming events. In addition, River Valley administrators and staff have been welcomed to the morning show to discuss a wide variety of topics from referendums to school musicals. WRCO has hosted field trips for our elementary classes, and also students with special needs during a designated mentoring day. WRCO employees have been guest speakers at several career day events across our district. High school students interested in a broadcasting career have job shadowed employees at the station and also been given an opportunity to utilize a studio. Some of these students have been allowed to be guest broadcasters during River Valley sporting events on the air. WRCO has provided our district with donations and monetary support. Over the past year, WRCO has contributed to post prom, athletic boosters, and provide seasonal sports schedules that can be seen all over our community. – Brian Krey, River Valley director of academic services and associate elementary principal


Weld-Fab Manufacturing – Long-time Slinger HS Industry Advisory Board members (very actively involved)

-SkillsUSA Nationals: Full student sponsorship ($557 value this year alone) multiple years (even when the competitors are not in a contest related to his industry)

– Summer “TechnOWL-ogy” Camp sponsor ($100 per year) multiple years – financial support for bots club (around $500 total estimate) – helped cut parts for bots club (using their equipment)

– Laser cutting $200-$400 value estimate

– Has donated ALL sheet metal for all metals tech classes tool box project for the last three years, $1,200 value!

– Four Youth Apprenticeship students in last 3 years!

– Assisted with machine maintenance in district

– Has given a tour to our metals students every semester for last 3 years

– Has answered numerous emails to share expertise with metals instructor about welding, fabrication, and the business side of things

Jim Curler, Slinger superintendent

Stevens Point

Marten Machining – Marten Machining has been an integral part of supporting our Youth Apprenticeship program at Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH). For the past 20 years, Marten Machining has employed and mentored students who have a passion for going into the machining and engineering industry. Al Marten, president, has also graciously given up his own time to come into the Advanced Machine Tool Class at the high school once a week to mentor and work with students. Marten Machining has also donated two HAAS simulators, a lathe, and contributed to a door expansion project for the machine tool classroom. Marten Machining is a selfless company that believes in giving back to the community in which it lies. The students in the Stevens Point community are extremely fortunate to have the support given by Marten Machining. SPASH is grateful for their continued support and partnership. – Brigitta Altmann-Austin, Stevens Point career center director

Turtle Lake

Dairy State Bank – Dairy State Bank has helped us with financial donations to replace four of our scoreboards. They have donated for new baseball, softball, and scoreboards in our elementary/middle school gym. These projects would not have been completed without their help. – Kent Kindschy, Turtle Lake superintendent

Infinity Retail Sales – Infinity Retail Sales has provided us with donations, labor, and equipment use while we have renovated our softball and baseball fields. The project was long overdue and Infinity Retial Sales’ support was a huge part in making our fields safe and attractive to all of our students. – Kent Kindschy, Turtle Lake superintendent

Sanmina – Sanmina has been a very active partner with starting our Fab Lab. Their help with donating equipment, sharing expertise, and providing a plant tour for our entire staff have made a huge impact in our district. They were the very first business we met with when we started the new technical education philosophy and continue to help us make through the transformation process. – Kent Kindschy, Turtle Lake superintendent


Waterloo Piggly Wiggly – Michael and Bonnie Lannoy, owners of the Waterloo Piggly Wiggly, have been long standing supporters of the Waterloo School District. Most recently they have been working with special education students to help them gain valuable job training and life skills that they can use after graduation. Through donations and work with our students the Lannoy’s Piggly Wiggly of Waterloo is a tremendous supporter of the Waterloo School District. – Brian Henning, Waterloo superintendent

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