2021 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
Veterans Terrace — Veterans Terrace, a local event venue, generously allowed the Burlington Area School District to host school functions at little cost. For example, their low rate for prom allows students to have an elegant event for a low ticket price. The site has also hosted student testing to give students an optimal environment to do their best work without distraction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the district has worked with Beth Reetz and Veterans Terrace for events that require social distancing. Student organizations often reserve the location for events. Veterans Terrace is managed and maintained by Memorial Terrace Management Group, Inc., which is a subsidiary of the Burlington Community Fund. As a non-profit organization, income earned from Veterans Terrace returns to the community.
Lucky Star Pub & Eatery — Lucky Star Pub & Eatery is a local Burlington restaurant. For the past several years, Lucky Star has hosted school nights, where a portion of the night’s revenue — $1,350 in 2020 and $1,600 in 2021 — goes to schools. The restaurant also has provided catering for special events in support of Burlington schools and the community.
Cochrane-Fountain City School District
Winona Community Foundation — Winona Community Foundation assisted school supporters in establishing a donor advised fund to provide an additional source of funding to expand, enhance and enrich educational programs or services at the school. The fund, dubbed the Treasure Trove Fund in recognition of the school’s pirate mascot, is overseen by a group of community advisors called the Treasure Trove Giving Circle. In addition to providing guidance in the establishment and management of the fund, WCF also assisted with the initial fundraising campaign by offering to provide a 20% match for all donations up to $25,000. The “25 Days for 25K” program was a smashing success, resulting in the fund receiving a $5,000 matching donation from WCF. The partnership with WCF allows the small rural district to have a school foundation without the typical administrative workload. For more information, see www.treasuretrovegivingcircle.com.
Waste Transport and Cyrus Lawn & Landscaping — Waste Transport was one of the inaugural “shipbuilder level” business donors to the Treasure Trove Fund. The principal owner of Waste Transport, Jared Cyrus, also serves as a director on the Treasure Trove Giving Circle, which provides recommendations on the use of existing funds and helps generate additional funds through fundraisers and direct solicitations. Through his Cyrus Lawn and Landscape business, Cyrus has provided numerous summer employment opportunities for students in the district and was able to secure a large donation for the Treasure Trove Giving Circle’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament and Chicken-Q Fundraiser.
Great River Harbor Marina and Campgrounds — Great River Harbor Marina and Campgrounds was one of the inaugural “shipbuilder level” business donors to the Treasure Trove Fund. Through its support of the Gilbert Brown Foundation, Great River Harbor was able to offer an anti-bullying seminar at Cochrane-Fountain City and deliver toys to district families in need during the holidays.
Elmbrook School District
Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care — Dr. Jennifer Bloss and her team have opened their doors to Elmbrook students for mentorships that allow students to earn quality, hands-on experience. These mentorships give students guidance into future career paths and fuel a passion for the field of veterinary medicine.
Quality Heating — Greg Smith and Quality Heating have provided Elmbrook students with student employment opportunities in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. High school students have been hired as level one and two Youth Apprentices to begin their training in HVAC and gain employability skills while on the job site.
Gateway Technical College — The team at Gateway, including Katie Graf in high school partnerships and Sarah Skowronski in nursing, has made it possible for students to take the coursework required for certified nursing assistant training. Gateway was flexible during the pandemic, delivering instruction online and providing clinical experience in the Brookfield East medical lab. Fifty-five Elmbrook students participated in CNA training during the 2020-21 school year.
Versiti — When the pandemic disrupted all normal and traditional blood drive collection operations, Versiti and blood program consultant Don Kuhl partnered with Elmbrook to help meet the critical blood supply needs in the community. Through the partnership, nearly 20 blood drives have been coordinated, collecting over 500 units of blood that will help 1,500 patients in our region.
Hayat Pharmacy — Hayat Pharmacy in Milwaukee helped change the trajectory of providing staff members access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Hayat’s flexibility and responsiveness supported several opportunities for staff vaccinations, which has helped stabilize school operations and provide health protections and emotional comfort to staff and families.
Howard-Suamico School District
Prevea Health — Prevea Health and president and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai have been engaged and supportive health care partners for school districts throughout the greater Green Bay area during the pandemic. Dr. Rai participated in a question-and-answer video series for Howard-Suamico School District staff members in the fall of 2020. He also co-chaired the Medical Health Advisory Team comprised of HSSD parents working in the health care sector, and his Prevea team coordinated a student-led COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bay Port High School in the spring of 2021 resulting in the vaccination of more than 100 participants.
Bellin Health — Bellin Health and its certified athletic trainer team led by Mark Husen coordinated workplace walkthroughs at HSSD facilities as plans for safely reopening schools in the fall of 2020 took shape. The Bellin athletic training staff has played a key role in keeping Howard-Suamico athletes safe and healthy during the pandemic. Additionally, Bellin president Chris Woleske, Dr. Robert Meyer and Dr. James Ebben participated in virtual staff question-and-answer events and attended Board of Education meetings to provide perspective and input on operations related to COVID-19 mitigation and safety.
Hustisford School District
Cedar Road Meats — Cedar Road Meats is a local business owned and operated by Hustisford High School alumni. In 2021, owner Marc Malterer and the Cedar Road Meats family made a generous donation toward the purchase of a 1:1 technology initiative for students in the Hustisford School District. The business also supports district athletics and sponsored the transportation for the 2021 boys’ basketball team on its road trip to the WIAA state tournament in La Crosse. In addition to providing employment opportunities to students, Cedar Road Meats also partners with the district’s agriculture program, providing facility tours and farm-to-fork education in livestock and meat science.
Hustisford State Bank — Hustisford State Bank is a cornerstone supporter of the Hustisford School District. In 2021, it supported the district with a donation toward the purchase of Chromebooks for students to reach a 1:1 technology initiative. Hustisford State Bank also supports financial literacy education with John Hustis Elementary students and supports high school seniors with annual scholarship opportunities. Hustisford State Bank staff members serve as evaluators for Senior Project presentations, offering professional insight and guidance to graduating seniors. The bank also supports supplemental student activities such as post-prom and the National Honor Society recognition banquet.
Schultz Bus Service — Schultz Bus Service has been transporting Hustisford School District students for more than 40 years. This family-owned-and-operated business is an integral partner in providing transportation for Hustisford’s 4K-12 students each day to and from school, as well as for athletic and academic events, field trips and more. Annually, the bus company partners with John Hustis Elementary to teach school bus safety to its young riders. Through the challenges of COVID-19 and the 2020-2021 school year, Schultz Bus Service and its employees were dedicated to their role in providing safe and reliable transportation for students and school events. Schultz Bus Service is a frontline supporter of district students, from a child’s first steps onto a school bus to their high school graduation day.
Kaukauna Area School District
Fox Valley Tool & Die — In 2020-21, Fox Valley Tool & Die committed to a major improvement in the Kaukauna Area School District’s machine tool program, which is a dual-credit initiative with Fox Valley Technical College. Kaukauna’s Technology and Engineering Department wrote a Fast Forward Grant For a state-of-the-art MAZAK machining center. The $100,000-plus project required matching funds, but Fox Valley Tool & Die went beyond this requirement by supplying tooling and hands-on training for district staff. Tool & Die also continues to hire Kaukauna students under the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program, already committing to hiring students for 2021-22.
Madison Metropolitan School District
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin — Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin maintained connections and provided financial and material support to all six of its partner schools — Allis Elementary, Anana Elementary, Badger Rock Middle, Leopold Elementary, Sandburg Elementary and Thoreau Elementary — through the Foundation for Madison Public School’s Adopt-a-School program. GHC’s support enabled the schools to provide holiday gifts, food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies and other materials to families during a challenging year. In addition, GHC sponsored an ice cream truck for the Badger Rock promotion celebration, providing treats to all eighth-graders and their families.
Attic Angel Association — Attic Angel Association is a not-for-profit organization that provides living and health care options for older adults and has had an Adopt-a-School partnership with Anana Elementary since 2010. The partnership has resulted in a significant investment of human, material and financial resources in the school community. This year, Attic Angel made a $17,425 gift to the Anana Housing Fund, established by St. Dunstan’s Church to provide rental assistance for Anana families. Attic Angel also supported the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools’ Teacher Support Network, which provides funds for each of MMSD’s 52 schools, enabling them to purchase supplies when they are needed so that teachers do not have to use their own money.
Forward Theater Company — Forward Theater Company has been a La Follette High School Adopt-a-School partner since 2019, focused on providing professional expertise through student workshops on everything from preparing for an audition to lighting and stage design. When the La Follette High School director stepped down this year, Forward Theater Company’s founders stepped in to direct the fall/winter production of “What I Want To Say But Never Will” and also directed the spring musical. In addition, Forward provided a mentor to the stage management students, one-on-one monologue coaching to each of the actors over Zoom, and marketing support for the productions.
UnityPoint Health-Meriter — UnityPoint Health-Meriter stays connected to the Memorial High School community in a variety of ways. UnityPoint staff members participate in monthly Adopt-a-School meetings with Memorial staff to better understand the school’s needs, while they also held a virtual panel discussion with students focused on Treating Patients as People, assisted with graduating senior interviews in May and June, and created congratulations cards for the graduating Health Services Pathway students. In response to COVID-19 needs, the UPH team held a cleaning supply drive to benefit Memorial High School families and donated masks and goggles to protect students and staff returning to the building.
WPS Health Solutions — WPS Health Solutions, Henderson Elementary School’s Adopt-a-School partner, donated 750 holiday gifts for more than 300 children. Every year, WPS holds a toy drive for the benefit of Henderson families. In 2019, they tagged trees throughout the WPS building that people could choose, telling them what to donate and for whom. However, in 2020, both WPS and Henderson Elementary School had small numbers of staff and students regularly in their buildings. WPS planned to give out gift cards to families in need instead. “And I said ‘absolutely not’,” recounted WPS director of events and strategic partnerships Megan Willauer, who volunteered her time to organize the gift drive. Willauer worked with the Henderson social worker, who asked students to choose two gifts they wanted for the holidays. WPS also provided gifts for siblings of Henderson students with ages ranging from babies to 18-year-olds.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
Findorff Construction — For the past four years, Findorff has helped organize and teach Construction Camp for Middleton-Cross Plains middle school and high school students. The week-long camp exposes students to the many careers in the construction industry, from carpenters and electricians to engineers and marketing professionals. Construction Camp is a hands-on opportunity for students to learn about the different types of careers available to them, including apprenticeship programs.
NBC15 — Middleton-Cross Plains teacher Amy Blake says, “NBC15 news followed my classroom this past year and aired monthly check-ins of our class. I think the stories portrayed our district in such a positive, authentic way during a time when public education was not always viewed/communicated about in such a good light. It was also wonderful that these stories allowed community members insight into all the hard work and perseverance that educators went through during distance, hybrid and in-person instruction, and allowed the family members of our students a window inside the classroom during a year when volunteers/visitors were not allowed due to COVID protocols.”
Critical Response Group — The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District has partnered with Critical Response Group since 2018 to create high-resolution, informative maps for each of the district’s schools, as well as administrative and operational buildings. The maps provide the community’s first responders with the information needed to respond to any crisis that might arise in district buildings. CRG’s innovative grid system, which aligns to the National Grid System, provides district staff and first responders with a clear way to communicate where the crisis is.
Peak Systems Group — Peak Systems Group has played an integral role in setting up the projection and sound systems in most of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s large public spaces. Peak Systems provides the district with expertise and knowledge in setting up public spaces with professional, easy-to-use equipment that takes the guesswork and frustration out of hosting large events.
Mineral Point Unified School District
Chambers Masonry — Chambers Masonry has donated its time to all of the stonework at the north entrance of the new Mineral Point Elementary School addition. There are four pillars covered with stone and a wainscoting at the same entrance. Chambers’ work gives visitors a great first impression of Mineral Point’s new learning spaces. Chambers Masonry is a Mineral Point business and Nathan Chambers is a former School Board president who currently has children in the district.
Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment Fund — The Mineral Point Excellence in Education Endowment Fund has distributed thousands of dollars in grant monies from donations to school staff members looking to enrich educational experiences, above and beyond what the traditional school budget allows. Last year, the EIE held a Pointer Praise campaign for staff members in appreciation for all they have done during the pandemic. Community members were asked to send notes of thanks, which were organized and distributed by the EIE. Over 500 submissions were received.
Pointer Pantry — Pointer Pantry is essential to the success of Mineral Point’s students and was a collaboration started by former school board members, Mo May-Grimm and Jeff Basting, to ensure students do not go hungry on weekends or during school breaks. The group works collaboratively and confidentially with school staff members to make sure gift certificates to Point Foods, the local grocery sure, make it into the hands of the families who are in need on a weekly basis. Donations and fundraisers help ensure children in #PointerNation are not trying to learn on empty stomachs.
Webbs at Work — Bill Webb of Webbs at Work in Mineral Point has saved the district thousands of dollars by hosting the school website locally for approximately the past decade. While school staff takes care of the regular content posted on the site, Bill is available, knowledgeable and responsive for the more technical and intricate items that need attention. He also makes sure the site is running properly and applies updates as needed. A father of three in the district, Bill is committed to making sure the Mineral Point School District’s digital footprint has a solid home.
New London School District
ThedaCare Medical Center – New London — ThedaCare – New London has and continues to provide the School District of New London with numerous services and support. ThedaCare engages and supports the district’s nursing staff and annually approves the nursing program. ThedaCara has been a valuable resource while New London has established COVID-19 procedures and protocols. District staff receives CPR training led by ThedaCare personnel. Their staff also serves as medical support at New London athletic events and volunteers as trainers for the district’s athletic teams, as well as strength and conditioning programs for students. ThedaCare provides financial support to New London graduates via scholarship opportunities, along with giving the district support via grants.
Palmyra Eagle Area School District
Village of Eagle Police Department — The Village of Eagle Police Department has cultivated positive, ongoing and important relationships with the students of Eagle Elementary. They have provided resources, support, kindness and laughter to district’s students and staff. Police department representatives intentionally engage with students in fun ways, most notably by having their Police Chief participate in the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District’s ALS fundraiser by joining the ice bucket challenge. They also supported students during the district’s Walk to School Day, helping provide the highest level of safety preparedness. Students enjoy having a strong and friendly relationship with local law enforcement.
Eagle Public Market — The Eagle Public Market is a community vendor hotspot offering local goods in Eagle. The Eagle Public Market has provided Palmyra-Eagle with support through its willingness to partner with the district’s parent teacher organization to create fundraising opportunities. Eagle Public Market staff members have kindly served district employees while being a popular lunch spot for teachers wishing to get food in a hurry.
Alice Baker Library — Connected to Eagle Elementary by a local nature trail, the Alice Baker Library and associated staff have connected Palmyra-Eagle students with opportunities to engage with literacy and learning. During a stressful year that focused on COVID-19 safety, library staff members became creative and resourceful, often meeting classrooms outside for read-alouds. They even recreated books on posters and placed them on the nature trail so that students, families and classes could take self-guided nature/literature walks through the area. The Alice Baker Library worked to meet the needs of students and staff by offering book collections for teachers, and resources for families during the pandemic.
Eagle Fire Department — The Eagle Fire Department has been instrumental in helping Eagle Elementary solidify fire safety plans and safety improvements for students and staff. The department has provided feedback, support and communication to Palmyra-Eagle students and staff. Students have enjoyed treats while interacting with the Eagle Fire Department through visits from different types of fire vehicles. The Eagle Fire Department has supported Palmyra-Eagle students in the pursuit of fire safety preparedness.
Lakeside BP — The owner at Lakeside BP in Palmyra created a fund named “Save 4 Kids.” He collects a portion of gas sales and fundraisers and donates money to Palmyra-Eagle schools, sports and classrooms. The charitable donations and help make a serious difference in the lives of Palmyra-Eagle students and staff members.
Racine Unified School District
SC Johnson — SC Johnson’s charitable foundation, SC Johnson Giving, has committed $1.1 million to the Gateway Foundation over the next five years. Thanks to a generous donation from SCJ, the SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway program has been created for Racine Unified School District students. The district also partners with SCJ for the Kaleidoscope Education Series. The quality of experiences offered through KES is unique, engaging, fun and informative for RUSD students of all ages. SC Johnson also continues to support the Academies of Racine by providing a total of $30,000 for the academies’ floats for Racine’s Fourth of July parade. This generosity and commitment to the Academies of Racine and Racine Unified contributed to high levels of student engagement and pride for their school, district and community.
Ascension All Saints — Collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners during the pandemic spurred innovation and collaboration in ways RUSD had not previously envisioned. The district’s partnership with Ascension All Saints, which in the past focused on supporting the Academy model, shifted to also support the collective COVID-19 response across the Racine community and schools. The existing partnership evolved as the needs of the hospital system, schools and community changed during the pandemic. More stakeholders from both organizations began working together in new ways around shared needs and goals. The partnership became agile and grew as the organizations learned from each other’s skillsets.
CCB Technologies — CCB Technologies was new to Racine’s Youth Apprenticeship program in 2019, when they took on two students to mentor. The work that they do gives students real-world experience related to their coursework in the Academies of Racine. The experience they offer students is unique in the way it encourages students to come out of their shells. CCB Technologies give students confidence so that they leave the program with 21st-century skills that make them marketable in their post-secondary career paths. Their success with Racine students has led them to carry on their Youth Apprenticeship program through 2021-22.
Racine Metal Fab — Dean Popek has had an instrumental role on the Academies of Racine Steering Committee and has been crucial to the Academies’ success. As chief financial officer of Racine Metal Fab, Popek has encouraged the company’s employees to donate their time and talent to RUSD youth, to learn about the Academies and to welcome students in as youth apprentices. “You’ve got to reach out to the students, you’ve got to reach out to that generation because they’re our future, our future workforce, the future of this company,” Popek said. “For the last 20 years or so, manufacturing has been considered kind of a dirty, not great place to work. We’re trying to show them that yeah, there’s some of that here, but there are also great careers you can have that pay well plus all the benefits.”
Professional Services Group — For more than a decade, Racine Unified School District has partnered with Professional Services Group for innumerable services for students and families, including School Engagement Programming and staffing, behavioral support, training, educational programming, service learning and mental health care. Dan Baran has played an integral role in the development and implementation of all of these programs. Baran, who just retired after more than 40 years with PSG, has had an immeasurable impact on the community, in schools and out. Collaboration has been key to the partnership’s success, with PSG and Baran’s leadership allowing the district to pivot with the needs of the students and community.
River Valley School District
River Valley Clinic/Sauk Prairie Healthcare — The River Valley Clinic and Sauk Prairie Healthcare have supported the River Valley School District in a number of ways. The district has had a long relationship with Sauk Prairie Healthcare and the athletic trainer for River Valley High School’s teams. In addition, the River Valley Clinic has provided a medical advisor for decades. Their expertise and support during the COVID-19 pandemic has also been invaluable.
Spring Green Fire & EMS — The Spring Green Fire & EMS have brought an ambulance to every football game for as long as anyone can remember. They have also provided support and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jewell Associates Engineers — Jewell Associates Engineers has been a partner in many projects throughout the River Valley School District, including leading a major drainage project during the summer of 2021. Jewell has also allowed numerous employees to coach athletics from the youth to varsity level.
M & W Fabrication & Repair — M & W has partnered with River Valley High School’s Youth Apprenticeship and School to Work program for the last six years. They have provided students with experience in the many areas of fabrication and repair, but primarily with heavy equipment and diesel mechanics.
Meadows Assisted Living and Memory Care — The Meadows has been a partner with River Valley High School’s Youth Apprenticeship and School to Work program for years. They have provided many students with positive experiences, primarily in the area of nursing.
Solon Springs School District
The Little Gift House — The Little Gift House has helped coordinate the Solon Springs School District’s summer SNACK program, which provides weekly activity and snack bags for participating students throughout the summer. The Little Gift House also supplied the desserts for the district’s Wall of Honor banquet and supports the art program. The Little Gift House is also a safe and healthy employer to a number of Solon Springs High School students.
Dahlberg Light and Power — Dahlberg Light and Power cooperated with the Solon Springs School District in implementing a solar project covering approximately half of the district’s electricity needs. Dahlberg Light and Power allows the district to run power through the DLP grid and facilitated the connection process. Dahlberg Light and Power also offers an annual scholarship to a graduating Solon Springs student.
Carlson Electric — Carlson Electric partnered with the Solon Springs School District in every aspect of the implementation of the district’s solar power project. Carlson Electric helped the district secure third-party financing that was key to completing the project. Carlson Electric also assisted the district in purchasing American-made solar products and installing all of the equipment. Carlson Electric continues to support the district’s solar project.
The Village Pump — The Village Pump facilitated a graduation ceremony when COVID-19 threatened to cancel the event. The Village Pump rented the outdoor Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center and helped organize the event for the district’s students and families. The Village Pump has also been known for providing pizzas for Solon Springs youth basketball events.
Legacy Solar — Legacy Solar facilitated the Solon Springs School District’s Solar Project. Legacy Solar provided a preliminary assessment of the district’s solar needs and provided examples of other districts’ projects. Legacy Solar connected the district with a variety of nonprofit partners for financial and technical assistance. Legacy Solar also assisted the Solon Springs School District in finding an installation partner.
Stratford School District
Zaleski Sports — Zaleski Sports has provided a much needed service to Stratford Public Schools in the past year. Their livestreaming of Stratford athletic events at all levels, as well as graduation and senior awards night, was vital to the school district. In a time of limited spectators for all events, the ability to have them livestreamed provided a positive service to the community. Zaleski Sports also worked with some of Stratford Youth Apprenticeship students, including providing some scholarships.
A&B Process Systems — A&B Process Systems has supported Stratford Public Schools for years. Recently, A&B has been instrumental in upgrades to the welding area of the district’s Technology Education Department, donating materials and accepting students from the school’s Youth Apprenticeship program. A&B also helps train district staff members so they remain current on the new technologies in welding careers.
Stratford Sign Company — A supporter of the school district for years, Stratford Sign has been instrumental in upgrades to the graphics area of the school’s Technology Education Department, donating materials and accepting students from the school’s Youth Apprenticeship program. Stratford Sign also helps train district staff members so they remain current on the new technologies in graphic design.
Stratford Homes — Stratford Homes has been instrumental in upgrading Stratford Public School’s Technology Education Department in the woodworking/construction area, donating materials and accepting students from the district’s Youth Apprenticeship program. Stratford Homes also helps train district staff members so they remain current on the new technologies in construction.
Turtle Lake School District
LakePlace.com – Brothers Realty Turtle Lake — Lake Place Realty has helped with providing services of property evaluations and advice in the past at no cost. They are always great to work with. The realtors are professional and courteous.