2020 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!
Burlington Area School District
Thomas Bus Service – Thomas Bus Service has partnered with the Burlington Area School District for 50 years to provide safe transportation for students. In 2019-2020 they provided transportation for 18 morning routes, 21 afternoon routes, and three noon routes. Further, the Burlington Area School District can count on them to provide transportation for hundreds of field trips and athletic events. This past year, drivers participated in training provided by our school counselors on supporting all students.
Burlington Walmart – When Waller Elementary quickly needed 500 grocery bags to distribute Chromebooks, Walmart’s manager immediately donated the bags. Walmart annually donates needed school supplies to ensure all students can succeed in school. Recently, the Walmart Community Grants Team provided $1,000 so the Burlington Area School District could provide for the vision needs of students unable to pay for vision care. And Walmart allows our student DRIVEN organization to bell-ring during the holiday season to raise funds for another service organization, Love Inc.
Cochrane-Fountain City School District
Town of Milton – The Town of Milton and Cochrane Co-Op Telephone have again partnered to provide an emergency free public Wi-Fi hotspot in the parking lot of the Milton Town Hall. The Town of Milton Board voted to use the $8,100 in grant funding to purchase disposable food distribution products (to-go containers, plasticware, etc) for the Cochrane-Fountain City School’s Food Service Program. This purchase should provide the supplies needed to package food for C-FC’s food service program for the entire year.
Cochrane Co-Op Telephone – Cochrane Co-Op Telephone presents three or four $1,000 scholarships annually to graduates of co-op members. It also consistently supports our FFA, FBLA, athletics and musical programs at C-FC school.
St John’s United Church of Christ – St John’s United Church of Christ sponsored, assisted and gave a home to the FC Backpack Meal Program. It was started in the fall of 2016 by C-FC junior Kayla Kaczorowski as part of her FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience on Community Development. The C-FC Backpack Meal Program was designed to help meet the nutritional needs of hungry children by providing meals in backpacks for children to take home during times when they would not have access to school-provided meals during the school year (weekends and extended holiday breaks). As of September 1, 2019, the C-FC Backpack Meals Program has provided 16,158 pounds of food and 19,728 meals to hungry children in the school district.
B&S Express – When B&S Store owners discovered that the water fountains at our school were all disconnected for safety reasons due to COVID19, they donated C-FC Pirate water bottles for each of our elementary students. They are also annual sponsors of the school yearbook as well as the FBLA and FFA programs.
Elmbrook School District
ProHealth – ProHealth has helped support our LAUNCH program for the last three years in a variety of ways. They have contributed financial resources to our Brookfield East Healthcare Innovation Lab, guest speakers and subject matter experts, and projects that engage students throughout our program.
Concurrency, Inc. – Concurrency, Inc. has been a champion to LAUNCH for the last three years. In fact, they graciously allowed the program to co-tenant on the 2nd floor of their Brookfield locations. They are exceptional hosts for clients who support LAUNCH with projects and experts. In addition, the company has also provided projects for students and employees who lend their talent to inspire students to high demand and high skill careers.
ABB – ABB has become a platinum champion for LAUNCH in 2019-20 school year. They supplied multiple projects for our engineering strand.
Pendio Group – Todd McLees has been instrumental to the future development of learning for the students and community of the School District of Elmbrook and LAUNCH program. His framework for the skills needed for the Next Era of Innovation has supplied the LAUNCH program with the skill areas most needed by employers in this region. In addition, he has sponsored projects and provided a process to build skill credentials in students (both college and high school) that will impact the employers in this region. Todd is a thought leader and has given his leadership to the LAUNCH program so that we can build an ecosystem of talent and learning.
Howard-Suamico School District
Green Bay Community Church – Among the many hurdles to reopening schools this year is the need to socially distance students throughout the school day. One HSSD school, Meadowbrook Elementary, has unique challenges in regard to its layout and current enrollment level. Green Bay Community Church, located two miles down the road from Meadowbrook, stepped up in partnership with the district to host five 4th grade classrooms for the year, allowing those students, and the rest of Meadowbrook, to better socially distance themselves at school. The Meadowbrook 4th grade team will learn in a safe, engaging environment thanks to the generosity of GBCC and its staff.
H.J. Martin and Son, Inc. – H.J. Martin and Son, Inc. has been a great community partner with HSSD, allowing the district to use a climate-controlled H.J. Martin building to store excess classroom furniture. Their willingness and flexibility to accommodate our team on such a short timeline is greatly appreciated. They made the transition to social distancing, a critical component in our reopening schools plan, a success.
1951 West/Rock Garden – Following a dramatic shift in restaurant operations this spring and summer, 1951 West/Rock Garden pledged a portion of its proceeds from all curbside pickup orders to be allocated toward The Giving Tree Food Pantry that serves families in the Howard-Suamico area. In total, 1951 West/Rock Garden collected $6,000. The Giving Tree is an organization that focuses on equitable access to food, shelter, transportation, and resources for students, as well as families in the Howard-Suamico School District. In addition, many patrons offered additional cash donations in support of the fundraising effort.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
KEVA Sports Center – KEVA Sports Center and owner Eric Fritz have hosted fundraisers for the Middleton High School athletic department and allowed Kromrey Middle School students to use the facility for physical education classes when the school was rebuilt after the successful 2012 referendum. KEVA has made donations to the band, Choral Boosters breakfast, and multiple sports programs. The MHS girls soccer team uses their spaces for tryouts in the spring. KEVA assists the MHS transition program, helping high school students with cognitive disabilities to learn work skills. The facility has also been used for a cancer fundraiser by MHS students. KEVA was also a primary sponsor of the MCPASD Education Foundation’s annual appeal in 2019.
SPARK – SPARK is a parent-led group that provides support, education, and a social outlet for parents of a child or children with special needs. They host Teen Groups and a family picnic each year so students and families can connect. They promote inclusion by having presenters at Human Rights Week at Middleton High School. They host coffee talks for parents to connect and share experiences. They bring in experts on a monthly basis for evening presentations to families. They have used grants the past two years from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities to increase awareness for more competitive integrated employment for district students and graduates with disabilities.
BTC Institute, whose primary sponsor is Promega Corporation – The Biotechnology Youth Apprenticeship Program has included many MCPASD high school students, including five this past year, connecting them with other partners Genetic Visions-ST, Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center, and Lucigen. More than 300 Kromrey Middle School students participated in a bioluminescence genetic transformation field trip at the BTC Institute in May 2019. A week-long summer program is offered to high school students. There are also summer science programs for upper elementary and middle school students. The partnership with BTCI also includes a Biotechnology in the World of Medicine evening course for MCPASD high school juniors and seniors.
Eppstein Uhen Architects – EUA was selected as architectural firm in advance of the district’s 2018 referendum. EUA staff members provided guidance, drawings, and support and information to the community and were instrumental in the two referendum questions passing with more than 72% support. Since then, they have continued to coordinate regular meetings on the building projects and made sure we stay on or ahead of schedule with regards to designs needed. Pope Farm Elementary School was turned over to the district in July and is our seventh elementary school and first new once since 1996. It is a beautiful facility that takes advantage of much of the adjacent Pope Farm Conservancy. Middleton High School is currently in the first phase of a two-phase rebuilt and expansion. MHS will have capacity for 3,000 students and will have the kind of collaboration spaces needed for 21st century students and partnerships with our community.
Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy – FOPBC has a 25-year relationship with the district. In 2020, they sponsored a nature writing project for fifth-grade students at Kromrey and worked with the MHS Green-Ecology Team of students on a series of community events and the Organic Dinner fundraiser. In 2019, FOPBC facilitated an art-based collaboration involving Northside fourth-graders and senior citizens at Attic Angels. They also worked with CSCS students looking at district buildings and how to keep migrating birds from colliding with windows. For many years they have sponsored a photography contest with pictures from high school students being published in the FOPBC calendar. Since 2010, they have offered and paid for field trips by elementary students to the conservancy. They work with MHS biology classes annually to restore farmland into prairie.
Mineral Point School District
Alliant Energy – Alliant has been a cornerstone in the Mineral Point community for decades. Their support of our students through scholarships for graduating seniors has been admirable. Additionally, Alliant was instrumental in installing our Class of 2020 banners downtown. Their crew made quick work of a large project that helped give much deserved recognition to our Seniors.
Ann Gorgen Photography – Ann Gorgen was instrumental in honoring our 2020 seniors by organizing, designing, and printing banners to hang on light poles downtown Mineral Point that provided another unique way to honor the Class of 2020.
Ivey Construction – Founded in 1946 and still family owned and operated, Ivey Construction’s roots run deep in Mineral Point. The company’s Pointer Pride shines in many ways, including generous donations to new scoreboards for various sports and multiple donations of time and materials for various construction projects.
Vortex Optics – Located in Barneveld, Vortex has been an impressive and valuable addition to our Iowa County community. They generously host our students facility tours, which always generate excitement surrounding the company.
Muskego-Norway School District
Pop’s Kettle Corn – Pop’s Kettle Corn has been an important member for the Muskego-Norway School District. This local establishment is owned by a Muskego alumnus, Mark, who continues to invest in our schools and students. Mark donates popcorn for our educators and students during appreciation events throughout the year. They also donate their time to support our Vocational Warriors, an educational service provided to students with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18-21 who have earned the required high school credits but need to develop vocational and employability skills. Both the owner and his family work directly with these youth to teach, train, and educate them on the skills associated with running a small business.
Milwaukee Tool – Milwaukee Tool supports our technical education courses through donations of various tools. This year, they donated two pallets of tools that we were able to distribute to our high school and two middle school buildings. These donations helped our courses provide a high quality, hands-on experience for our students at all grade levels. Some of their donations included: reciprocating saws, sawzalls, hacksaws, nut busting torques, ratchets, stubby impact wrenches, ratchet drills, and more!
Muskego Chamber of Commerce – The Muskego Chamber of Commerce has been a strong partner for our school district over many years. They have provided opportunities to network at local establishments with other professionals. These local networking events are great experience for our students to gain insight from a variety of professionals and to learn more about potential careers. Their organization also recognizes our students who participate in athletics and extracurriculars through their annual Awards Gala. Lastly, we appreciate their participation on the CTE Advisory Board.
School District of New Berlin
Aurora WDC – Aurora WDC, headquartered in Madison, allows a group of students passionate about intelligence and the technological disruption in today’s workforce to assist in researching and learning from the project leads at Aurora WDC. This year, the students were able to tailor research on emerging technology with a focus on the manufacturing sector in the Milwaukee area. Students achieved this by conducting fictional company analyses surrounding how their assigned company could succeed in this sector. This allowed the students to gain insight into how data analysis and research work to benefit a business from the state through the global level.
The Mad Cete – The Mad Cete’s CEO and founder, Steve Chepp, has engaged in Advanced Innovation and Design (iAID) mentor coaching, spoken for Junior Achievement Career Days to assist in academic and career planning of students, and most recently launched a “beta test” of a School District of New Berlin Game Jam for students interested in game design, graphics and/or computer science. The program simulates the real-world game development experience, where, through the course of the school year, students are guided through the creation of an actual consumer-ready game using real world techniques.
Tim O’Brien Homes – Tim O’Brien Homes has provided opportunities to our students unparalleled in the state. They see the coming shortage of a skilled trade workforce and have taken it upon themselves to spearhead this shortage at their own cost and risk. They have provided students with opportunities to work with and learn from master tradesmen in multiple disciplines to build homes in our community and two others. Students experience real construction sites and explore different careers options in the trades in a way that an educational establishment could never provide while gaining professional skills in a – real setting.
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – Froedtert and the Medical College has been a terrific partner for the School District of New Berlin. In addition to providing multiple career speakers and activities in courses and K-12 career development events, they have also offered select high school students the opportunity to participate in the Froedtert New Berlin Moorland Reserve Health Care Academy. Students are able to gain valuable experiences through multiple in-depth job shadows, mentorships, and activities. Students cited at their final showcase how this experience allowed them a hands-on experience that provided additional depth to what they learned in their high school coursework.
New London School District
Northland Electrical Services – Northland Electrical Services has long donated to the students, families and district initiatives. They have paid off family lunch debts, donated to create flexible student seating, supported technology within classrooms, contributed to district innovation programming and co-curricular programming, and most recently sponsored a local Eagle Scout candidate with monetary and construction support to create an entrance archway into our athletic complex. Additionally, Northland Electrical Services continually creates opportunities for our students in our high school, and school work release programs.
Palmyra Eagle Area School District
Lower Spring Lake BP, Inc. – Virendra “V” Verma, owner of the Lower Spring Lake BP, Inc., has for the past five years been provided two scholarships each year worth $500 each to graduating Palmyra-Eagle seniors. “V” can be counted on to support nearly any activity involving the students of Palmyra-Eagle Area School District. In March of this year, Lower Spring Lake BP, Inc initiated a new program called “Save for Kids,” which donates $.02 of every gallon pumped on specific pumps and a “Round Up” program that allows customers to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar in order to donate to the Save for Kids program. This spring he also donated a book to every student from 4k-6th grade.
River Valley School District
Cardinal IG – Cardinal Glass has always been a supporter and partner in education at River Valley. They filled a huge need by manufacturing and donating face shields to every staff member in our district. Cardinal has been supportive by working with our teachers on potential job placements for students after graduation and has always supported our co-curricular activities — especially our Athletic Booster Club and Annual School Fair.
Dashir Management Services – Dashir takes care of our needs in the areas of custodial, buildings and grounds. Over the past few years the Dashir staff has moved many items between schools and classrooms due to reconfiguration of our buildings – and they have done this extremely well. This summer has been very unique, and they have gone above and beyond in their preparation to ensure our students are safe to return.
Spring Green Police Department – The River Valley School District has had a partnership with the SGPD for a School Liaison Officer for many years. Our SLO is an integral part of assisting with numerous educational needs that we have on a daily basis. When schools were closed in March 2020, the SGPD continued to ask how they could continue to assist with the education at River Valley. They helped in numerous ways, but their willingness and ability to deliver hotspots, instructional materials, and meals to families’ doorsteps was a key in our success in the virtual learning model.
RingBrothers – Known around the world for their custom car builds, Ringbrothers helps has been a long-time supporter of the River Valley School District. Mike and Jim Ring, brothers who graduated from River Valley, have become known around the globe for their work, and we are fortunate to have them as a resource in our district. They have taken on numerous field trips by students and staff; they have provided High School students with work apprenticeship placements; and have been a charter contributor to RVTV, which live streams events on YouTube.
Spring Printing – Spring Printing has provided signs, banners, and and photos for the River Valley School District for a number of years. When schools were closed in March of 2020, Spring Printing assisted us with ensuring we honored our 2020 Senior class. They designed and printed custom yard signs for seniors that included their yearbook photo, and provided banners to the district to show our support for all students.
Turtle Lake School District
Halco Press – Halco press is at all of our events and shows great Laker Pride in the newspaper and online feature. They are a great asset to our education community.
Turtle Lake Lions Club – The Turtle Lake Lions Club is always willing to donate to our school to help with the education and extra-curricular benefits of our students. They are a great group of people with the best interest of our students in mind.
Waterford Union High School District
Aurora Sports Health – Kristi Lazaris is the athletic trainer representing Aurora Sports Health at Waterford High School. She has presented in sports medicine and health classes throughout the school year to provide valuable insight on potential career paths to our students. Katie has also worked with student athletic trainers from the sports medicine class and continues to provide a discounted sport physical program option for all our student athlete families in the summer. These proceeds are returned to the school as a donation from Aurora Sports Health.
Gateway Technical College – Gateway Technical College, and Katie Graf in particular, has been a huge partner for Waterford Union High School (WUHS). She has helped coordinate and direct the start of our Welding Academy at WUHS. Classes are taught on site for our students so they can gain valuable hands-on, real-world applications. Students receive five or six certificates at the end of the 18-month program. We are also grateful for their donation of resources and learning materials. We have seen a great interest in this program over the years and we are excited to continue our partnership.
Nexus Solutions – Nexus Solutions is a company that has partnered with Waterford Union High School by overseeing a $12 million construction project. During the planning process, Nexus was open and willing to allow students in high school engineering classes to participate in the planning phase. Our students were able to see first-hand how a large scale construction project was implemented. During the process, engineers and project managers were available to answer questions from our students.
Rivermoor Golf Club – Rivermoor Golf Club is a local facility located in Waterford. They have been a staple in the community since 1929 and have been a valuable asset to our students and families. Throughout the school year they sponsored numerous events for our district. Along with sponsoring events, they host our golf team at their club. Lastly, we have numerous students who are employed at Rivermoor and have gained valuable experience in a customer service setting.
Avidity Science – Avidity Science is a local company in Waterford that has had a lasting impact on our students. They are known worldwide for their water purification systems as well as their laboratory equipment for research within healthcare facilities. The opportunities for students that Avidity has provided is remarkable as they allow our students, some with disabilities, to assemble parts for their business. They have partnered with us not only by providing job opportunities, but also offering internships for our students.
Whitnall School District
Advocate Aurora Health – Advocate Aurora Health has been a significant academic supporter over the years for the Whitnall School District. Our district has enjoyed a wide variety of opportunities: staff tours, volunteering, job fairs and apprenticeships. Most notably, they have provided several placement opportunities for our Youth Apprenticeship program in the field of healthcare. These work-based learning opportunities reinforce what students learn within the buildings and provide valuable experiential learning. Special thanks to Mr. Jerry Baake, manager of workforce development in Wisconsin, who has been a strong partner in bridging a solid connection between Advocate Aurora Health and our students, staff and schools and by serving on our Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Team as a Co-Chair.
iit/SourceTech – Larry Krolikowski is a proud Whitnall grad who has hired a number of local students through the Youth Apprenticeship program. Many have gotten their start in computer programming with the company and stayed all the way through college. Seven students have become part of the FT staff, including the current VP of software development. Since the 1990s, he and iit/SourceTech have given back to our students and the community.
Heritage Senior Living Nursing Homes-Lexington, Deer Creek and Muskego – Getting real life work experiences in healthcare is vital for our students to make informed career choices. With the help of directors Samantha Sabbatini, Moira Collins, and Tammy-Roth Bottoni, our Youth Apprenticeship students get just that. Guided by their mentoring and leadership, our students are able to apply what they have learned in school and gain new skills as they prepare for their futures.
AMCSI – AMCSI has partnered with Whitnall High School to provide Carpentry Youth Apprenticeships. Their mentoring of our students is second to none. Students are guided through safe, hands-on experiences which are crucial to their development. AMCSI is committed craftsmen and closing the skills gap in southeastern Wisconsin.