2023 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!
Adams-Friendship Area School District
Bucky’s Pizza – Bucky’s Pizza was instrumental in providing support and leadership during the operational referendum campaign in Spring 2023. In addition, they are very generous with donations that support academic and athletic programs. Last, they have supported school-business partnerships to expose students to potential career paths.
D&S Party Tents – During COVID, D&S Party Tents helped tremendously in providing supplies and labor in discount or donation form related to outdoor learning and outdoor activities. We could not have put on our prom or graduation without their help!
MoundView Golf Course – MoundView Golf Course was instrumental in providing support and leadership during the operational referendum campaign in Spring 2023. They have been a generous donor in providing scholarships on an annual basis, and host numerous golf outings that support Adams-Friendship students and staff.
Gundersen Moundview Hospital – Gundersen Moundview Hospital and its Foundation have supported many academic and athletic programs through generous donations. They have a number of staff members that collaborate with the district and other community stakeholders on the workforce professional seminar. Last, Gundersen has collaborated with the district to create a student mentoring program related to careers at the hospital.
A-F Motors, Inc. – A-F Motors, Inc. was instrumental in providing support and leadership during the operational referendum campaign in Spring 2023. They have been a generous donor in providing scholarships on an annual basis and part of the scholarship committee.
Baldwin-Woodville Area School District
Nilssen’s Foods – Jason and Teresa Nilssen have provided monetary donations upwards in the five figures to support our school, sports programs and activities throughout our district. They donate all of the water that we are able to sell at concessions and most importantly we can go to their store at anytime with requests and they contribute to our schools. Jason and his family also host a large golf outing annually to provide scholarships to our students. His vendors attend this outing so he raises significant dollars from outside of our community. We could not find a better partner that supports our mission as a school. Jason and Teresa also earned the honor of grocer of the year for the state of Wisconsin for their community work.
Nolato Contour – Vice President Julie Foss of Nolato Contours is a marvelous partner for our high school. Julie leads our area businesses in developing and affording apprenticeships and work opportunities for our CTE students at Baldwin-Woodville High School. Each year, Julie works in conjunction with our school in the set up and operations of our manufacturing day in Baldwin and Woodville. Even during the COVID era, we worked with google meets and in house field trips so the information about opportunities in our community could continue. Julie has also convinced the business community that providing work experiences and paying for technical and university credits for students is vital to the growth of job and career opportunities. Julie and Nolato are essential partners for the growth and success of our CTE offerings.
Culver’s – In our small towns of Baldwin and Woodville, Culver’s provides not only work opportunities for our kids, but they host special nights that share the profits with our schools. Elementary, middle school and high school organizations all schedule nights at Culver’s to raise money for their schools. Due to the advertising and services of Culver’s, these nights are highly attended and are very successful. Culver’s also provides free custards, free tokens and anything else that we ask for when it comes to promotions or concessions for our school. They have been excellent partners for us and are vital to our community.
Brodhead School District
Brodhead Area Foundation – The Brodhead Area Foundation was created over 35 years ago and has always been very supportive of the Brodhead School District. Over the years, the Foundation has supported numerous projects for the benefit our students. We appreciate their recent decision to provide $25,000 in funding for the support of our new girls’ softball field.
Brodhead Sports Boosters – Our district has relied on sending our Junior Varsity girls to a softball field across town for many years for their practices and their games. It has not been ideal, but due to the cost of a new field on school grounds, we have used that field as a low-cost alternative. Brodhead’s Athletic Booster Club graciously donated $25,000, and secured an additional $25,000 from the Brodhead Area Foundation, to fully fund the building of a new field between our middle school and elementary school. It will be a much better feeling having our JV girls practicing and playing their games on our district facilities.
Brodhead Piggly Wiggly – Piggly Wiggly has been a partner in education with the Brodhead School District for many years. They have supported us specifically with our Weekend Backpack Food Program, which supplies meals for our food-insecure families. They recently ran a “round-up” program, which generated donations of over $8,600 for our district. They also support a customized food voucher program, which allows us to provide specific perishable items for our families in need of nutritious food options over long holiday breaks from school.
Kuhn North America, Inc. – Kuhn North America, Inc. has supported our local schools over the years. We can count on them every year to support Brodhead students through our youth apprentice welding program. They have also contributed funds to our district for the purchase of welding equipment for our welding lab. We also appreciate their generosity by providing a yearly scholarship to a deserving Brodhead student.
Brodhead Lions Club – The Brodhead Lions Club has provided a wonderful support system for the Brodhead School District throughout its existence. The Brodhead Lions Club has committed to funding our District field trips and contributed $2,600 for the 2022-23 school year. Not only does their biannual pancake breakfast support the cost of our field trips, but it also creates a terrific opportunity for community members to gather for a great event, which is also supported by workers from all three school student councils.
School District of Cambridge
Cambridge Piggly Wiggly – The Cambridge Piggly Wiggly is a true community partner. They extend stewardship and generosity offering complimentary services and goods to school district organizations and programs.
School District of Cudahy
The Wagner Companies – Wagner donates scrap metal to Cudahy High School where our teacher, Mr. Backes, uses the donations to teach his metal shop students how to weld, drill, bend and glue scrap metal to create some pretty elaborate metal works. Recently, Mr. Backes has worked with students of all levels to create an array of pieces ranging from spatulas and garden trowels to grills and napkin holders. We are so grateful for their support.
GenMet Corp – GenMet continuously supports our local community by donating material, sponsoring teams, enrolling youth apprentices and giving tours to help show kids that “making stuff is cool.” We are grateful for all of the ways in which GenMet supports Cudahy’s schools.
Alliance Manufacturing – Alliance Manufacturing supports Cudahy High School by providing opportunities for young people through our CTE programming. We appreciate their continued support.
Lippmann-Milwaukee, Inc – Lippmann Industries supports the Cudahy School District by providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people interested in learning more about careers in the trades. We are so grateful for this local partnership.
Lucas Milhaupt – Lucas Milhaupt collaborates with the Cudahy School District to offer apprenticeship opportunities for young people interested in learning more about machining. We are so grateful for their commitment to Cudahy and their continued collaboration.
Elkhorn Area School District
Precision Plus – Precision Plus continues to serve as one of Elkhorn Area School District’s strongest business partners. Over the course of the last decade, they have sponsored multiple field trips to the IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) in Chicago, hired countless youth apprentices, supported career exploration and training by opening their doors to numerous employer visits, and participated in mock interviews. Having a business partner that you can call up with an ask and know you are going to be heard and supported is something every school district dreams of, and the Elkhorn Area School District is so fortunate to have the Michael Reader and the Precision Plus Team as one of our business partners.
Stebnitz Builders, Inc. – Stebnitz Builders, Inc. serves as a true partner of the Elkhorn Area School District. Whether it is opening their business to employer tours, sitting on career panels, serving on mock interview teams, or welcoming students for job shadows, Chris Stebnitz and his team recognize that lifting up the community they serve is one of their true purposes. For example, every year the Stebnitz Team purchases donuts for the Elkhorn Area School District Faculty to recognize all their efforts during Teacher Appreciation Week, and over the last two years, Stebnitz Builders, Inc. donated their employees to help the Elkhorn YouthBuild complete the construction of an affordable home for a family who would not qualify for a traditional home loan. This level of community investment is what makes Stebnitz Builders an integral part of the Elkhorn Community!
Palmer Hamilton, LLC – Palmer Hamilton, LLC continues to serve as a partner of the Elkhorn Area School District. Over the last ten years, they helped design common spaces at Elkhorn Area High School, sponsored student field trips to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Illinois and opened their doors to numerous employer tours. In addition, they have sponsored and served an integral role in our district’s yearly maker faire, and they have always remained generous with their product and time to ensure they are not only investing in their local community but also remaining a strategic role in growing the Elkhorn community.
Yunker Industries, Inc. – Yunker Industries, Inc. has supported the Career and College Academy’s mission of ensuring all students participate in a work-based learning experience. They continue to hire and coach numerous students who are entering their first job, and Doug and Kathy realize that we need to provide all of our young men and women with an authentic and supported work experience. In addition, Yunker Industries continues to serve as an employer representative on the Elkhorn Area School District’s Transition Advisory Team who has a goal of ensuring full access to all students with disabilities. Their voice and support for all children continue to be demonstrated, and the Elkhorn Area School District would like to thank Yunker Industries, Inc. for their written support of our most recent successful application to the Department of Labor for a YouthBuild Grant.
Lake Lawn Resort – During the 2022-23 school year, Lake Lawn Resort and the Elkhorn Area School District partnered to create an authentic training experience for students with disabilities. Over the course of the four months, five students with disabilities were hired to serve in numerous employment opportunities at Lake Lawn Resort, and over the course of their rotation, these students would be trained in three departments that pose the most need for Lake Lawn Resort, while paying and training the students. Since the program’s inception, five students were trained and two have sought out expanded employment at Lake Lawn Resort, and the goal is to expand the program in the future with a greater emphasis on developing the student’s employability skills. Thank you, Lake Lawn Resort, for your advocacy and support of all students!
Ellsworth Community School District
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company – They’ve helped us with a very thorough facility study and giving us current fixes and pricing that’s been huge on current projects we’re doing and possible future referendum.
School District of Elmbrook
Bank Five Nine – The team at Bank Five Nine’s North Avenue and Capitol Drive locations have been tremendous partners in creating internship opportunities for our students. Students are hired for a full year, part-time internship and work as tellers while learning about the banking industry. Through the Wisconsin DWD youth apprenticeship program, students work a minimum of 450 hours in a school year and meet employability and banking competencies on the job. Derek and Ania have created a wonderful work culture for our Elmbrook students. Class of 2023 graduate and Bank Five Nine intern, Lily Heubschen, recommends the opportunity to other students. She said, “our motto at Bank Five Nine is to ‘Make Lives Better.’ I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to do this in real life. I am so grateful for the youth apprenticeship program and to Bank Five Nine.”
ITU AbsorbTech – ITU AbsorbTech and its President, Jim Leef, have had a significant influence on LAUNCH during the 2022-23 school year. By offering expertise in innovative and sustainable industrial laundry solutions, ITU AbsorbTech has supported LAUNCH’s mission to foster creative and complex problem solving. As a corporate partner, ITU AbsorbTech has provided invaluable mentorship, authentic projects, and access to its industry professionals. Jim Leef’s extensive experience and connections with IBAW members in our region has strengthened our outreach efforts and educational programs. By doing so, he has bolstered LAUNCH’s reputation as a transformative platform for aspiring leaders. With ITU AbsorbTech’s steadfast support, LAUNCH has given students continued access to strong businesses in this region.
Husco International Inc. – The entire LAUNCH team and the Elmbrook Schools extends heartfelt gratitude to Brittany Kulka and Mark Dreikosen for their outstanding leadership and unwavering support as representatives of Husco. Their commitment to fostering the growth of manufacturing and engineering talent has been instrumental in driving the success of our program. Their mentorship, guidance and dedication to nurturing innovation has empowered countless individuals to pursue their passions, resulting in a significant impact in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. We are truly grateful for their partnership and look forward to continuing our shared mission of cultivating a robust ecosystem of talented individuals who will shape the future of manufacturing and engineering. Thank you, Brittany Kulka and Mark Dreikosen, for being catalysts of positive change and for supporting LAUNCH in our efforts to drive innovation and talent growth within our community.
Franklin School District
Tim O’Brien Homes – Few students in any high school have an opportunity to do experiential learning where they get to use what they have learned in a classroom setting on actual, real world projects. For four years now, Tim O’Brien Homes has partnered with the Franklin School District, specifically Mr. Andrew Mente and his Construction II class, to build a complete house in the Franklin area. Students work side-by-side with various contractors and do everything necessary for the house to be complete and ready for sale. Whether it is pouring a driveway, pulling electrical wires or installing kitchen and bathroom fixtures, the students get to do it all. The result is four beautiful homes that they can drive by and tell their families: “I built that.”
South Suburban Chamber of Commerce – A chamber of commerce exists to strengthen a community through networking and a support system for owners of local businesses. For several years now, the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of growing our work based learning opportunities for students. Whether through mentorships, apprenticeships, job shadowing and a multitude of other events the chamber and its members have done a big part in helping develop the workforce of the future. This past year, Kristin Jastroch and the chamber took on an intern, Sophia Stauber. This has been a great experience for Sophia to learn how the chamber operates and manages its events and members. Sophia is continuing to work virtually with the Chamber when she starts at UW-Madison in the fall.
Alliance Electrical Contractors, Inc. – About 80% of our students who plan on going into the trades, mention electrician as their top choice. As such, the competition to get an electrical apprenticeship is very steep. Mr. Mike Schulist, President of Alliance Electrical Contractors gave two Franklin seniors a chance to get started in the profession by offering them youth apprenticeships. Each day Carter Fletcher and Mason Boschke spent half of their day working with and being mentored by Alliance staff members. Both young men have agreed to stay on full-time at the company.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Caledonia (Bear Paw, Inc.) – This past year, Tom Wengelewski and his team at Bear Paw, Inc. have been an extraordinary partner for Franklin High school. Tom and some of his team have attended professional development sessions talking with staff about the current job market, attended mock interviews at the high school, and participated in hiring events. Additionally, Tom and his team supported a project for our Launch capstone course. They developed and facilitated an authentic project for the 30+ students geared around the marketing of their new ropes course. The project ended with students getting to present in front of their entire management team. Excited to see what the future holds for this partnership.
Aurora Healthcare-South Shore – Health care is and continues to be one of the major career interest areas of our students at Franklin High School. Getting experience in a hospital setting isn’t something that is easy for a high school student to come by. Emily Graham and Joel Rust at Aurora South Shore have done just that. They have created a robust and enriching internship program for high school students that has them gain valuable experience in areas of the hospital that the student is interested in. This level of commitment will continue to serve students each year. Additionally, Emily and Joel dedicated time to help support job shadows for students and participated in mock interviews. We are blessed to have this partnership and truly thankful for their dedication.
Genoa City Jt. 2 School District
Dave & Jan Laurine, Genoa City Mobil Travel Center – During the months of October and November of 2022, the Genoa City Travel Center donated 2 cents per gallon on two advertised gas pumps back to the students of Genoa City! The “Pump Pride” fundraiser raised over $2,500 that was used for end of year field trips and activities. Thanks to Dave and Jan Laurine, the owners of the Genoa City Mobil, for their contributions to the students of Brookwood Middle School and Brookwood Elementary School.
Erin Weber, RE/MAX Plaza – At the start of last school year, Erin came to the district with the idea of a “Pump Pride” fundraiser where a percentage of gas pumped at a local gas station could be donated back to the school district. Erin spearheaded, organized and partnered with the Genoa City Mobil Travel Center to help raise over $2,500 for our district to use to enhance end of year field trips and student activities. Thank you Erin for your partnership and for being an advocate for the students of Brookwood Schools.
Santiago Morales, “Doctor Taco” Food Truck – Mr. Morales and his wonderful family have been donating food and meals to the staff of Genoa City for years as their boys, Ivan and Diego, went through the school system and are now in high school. His family’s food truck named, “Doctor Taco” is very popular in this area. So many times Santiago and his family have provided meals for parent/teacher conference nights, teacher appreciation week and teacher in-service days. Santiago and his family’s generosity is so appreciated and we thank him for giving back to the staff at Genoa City Schools.
Germantown School District
J.W. Speaker Corporation – J.W. Speaker continues to support both the Germantown students and staff in their continued pursuit of educational excellence. They provide hands on learning opportunities for our students in multiple content areas as well as student and staff work experience applicable to areas of interest. Facilitated by Leslie Fee, J.W. Speaker continues to enrich the lives of those in the Germantown School District. They have identified the large amount of talent that currently resides in Germantown and has made it a point to keep that talent in the community.
Felins – Felins has recently taken an active role in the educational experience of the students at Germantown High School. They have partnered with tech ed courses to provide feedback on student work and real world projects to enhance student learning and engagement. CEO Andrew Barrieau is passionate about developing the next generation of talent. He has served as a guest speaker at the high school and has hosted multiple groups of students on tours of their facilities.
Sterling Pharma Solutions – Sterling Pharma Solutions has partnered with the Germantown School District and provided learning opportunities and feedback to the Leadership Teams in GSD. They continue to take an active role in the district by hosting facility tours and offering job opportunities to GSD students. Mary Christensen has been instrumental in developing this partnership to foster continued growth for both students and staff in the Germantown School District.
Greendale School District
J&J Contractors – J&J Contractors supported the transformation of the Greendale High School courtyard. President & CEO Jason Cyborowski is deeply invested in the success of Greendale Schools. The company frequently donates to school team fundraisers and volunteers for career panels and learning mentors for career paths. Mr. Cyborowski was approached by GHS student and Eagle Scout candidate Nick Galusha with a vision of creating a multifunctional outdoor space at the high school. Mr. Cyborowski played a critical role in bringing this project to life by providing guidance, resources and connections with local contractors.
Nehmey Construction – Nehmey has recently become a partner of our consortium schools and have helped us by attending our trades hiring event and also by hiring one Greendale student and one Franklin student through the youth apprenticeship program.
Small Business Milwaukee – Tracy Champagne, is the owner of a digital marketing agency called Small Business MKE. Tracy has hired not one, but two, youth apprentices. Both students are from Greendale High School and are on career paths into business/marketing. They assist with marketing projects for various accounts, including the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce where Tracy is the current president.
Greenfield School District
L & S Insulation and Local 18 – Earning a spot in any union while still in high school requires a connection between a very motivated student and a willing business who will take him/her on. Senior James Allen and L & S did just that and have opened the doors for future consortium students to be youth apprentices in the Local 18 Heat and Frost Insulators. Most of the credit for making this possible goes to Mr. Ivan Herrada, Mr. Eliseo Aleman and Mr. Charlie Fox.
Elizabeth Residence New Berlin – When students want to begin their health care careers, it is very common for them to start in a long term care facility after earning their State Nursing Assistant certificate. The New Berlin Elizabeth Residence has welcomed several of our students into the healthcare field and have given them the support they need to be successful. Of special note, Ms. Lovely Murray, Resident Manager, has gone out of her way to make sure that our students do well. Currently, we have six students from Greenfield High School who are working there.
School District of Holmen
Gundersen Health System – Gundersen Health System has forged a remarkable business partnership with the school district, exemplified through their joint efforts in the transformative Project Search initiative. This collaboration highlights their shared commitment to inclusivity and creating opportunities for individuals to thrive within the community. By actively engaging in Project Search, Gundersen Health System not only strengthens the workforce by nurturing talents but also promotes a sense of belonging and empowerment among participants. Furthermore, Gundersen’s dedication extends to the realm of sports, as they generously provide athletic training services for all sporting events. Going beyond the call of duty, they offer these essential services at a fraction of the cost, demonstrating their genuine concern for the well-being of athletes and the community at large. In recognizing Gundersen Health System as a valued business partner, we celebrate their unwavering commitment to the betterment of society. Through their compassionate actions and holistic support, they exemplify the spirit of collaboration and community engagement.
Features Bar & Grill – We proudly recognize Features Bar & Grill as an exceptional business partner that goes above and beyond in supporting our local community. Their unwavering commitment to the betterment of our school district and community-based teams, such as youth sports, is truly commendable. Features Bar & Grill consistently demonstrates their dedication by actively participating in and supporting every local fundraiser for the school district. Whether it’s contributing to educational initiatives or promoting the growth of young athletes, their involvement has a profound impact on the lives of many. Their generosity and willingness to invest in the future of our community showcase their values and genuine concern for the well-being of others. We are immensely grateful for their continuous support, which helps build a stronger, more vibrant community for us all.
Lowman Dental – We wholeheartedly acknowledge Lowman Dental as an outstanding business partner, demonstrating unwavering support for the Holmen community. Their commitment to school initiatives and youth sports has made a significant impact on the lives of our young athletes and students alike. Lowman Dental’s generous contributions have not only fostered the growth of local youth sports programs but have also played a pivotal role in enhancing educational opportunities for our students. Through their generous donations of dental hygiene supplies they have made a commitment to invest in the health of our students. Their dedication to creating a brighter future for the Holmen area through their active involvement in community-based initiatives truly sets them apart as a valued and cherished partner.
Blue Moon Restaurant – Blue Moon Restaurant deserves commendation as an exceptional business partner, exemplifying an unwavering commitment to the betterment of the Holmen community and beyond. As a big supporter of schools throughout the entire region, their contributions have left an indelible mark on the lives of countless students and educators. Their avid backing of the “18 Holes for Holmen” golf tournament showcases their dedication to fostering a supportive culture within the community. Moreover, Blue Moon’s remarkable willingness to lend a hand whenever called upon is a testament to their genuine desire to make a positive impact. Their humility shines through their anonymous donations, demonstrating a heartfelt dedication to uplifting the region and creating a brighter future for all.
608 Investment Group, LLC – We recognize 608 Investment Group, LLC as an outstanding business partner, exemplifying an unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community and its educational institutions. Their group of restaurants, including Howie’s, The Crow, Big Al’s Pizza, and more, has consistently supported our district through catering discounts, gift certificates, and sponsoring athletes at all levels. Their active involvement in local fundraisers has made a significant impact on the success of these initiatives. Moreover, Mike Gorder, a valuable member of the team, generously volunteers his time as a football coach and weight room instructor, positively influencing the lives of our young athletes. Their anonymous act of paying off all student lunchroom debt during Christmas showcases their profound compassion and care for the students’ well-being. Additionally, their efforts in engaging with the high school business education department demonstrate their commitment to nurturing the future leaders of our community.
Howard-Suamico School District
USI Insurance Services – USI Insurance Services sponsored the Howard-Suamico School District’s CARE Awards. CARE stands for Congratulate, Appreciate, Recognize, Esteem. These awards were given to outstanding HSSD staff members through a peer voting process at each HSSD building. Colleagues voted for staff members who exemplified the characteristics that contribute to a caring learning community. Staff were celebrated through surprise visits from district leadership and sponsors. The HSSD CARE Awards are an opportunity to partner with area businesses to honor exceptional service in HSSD schools. USI supported this initiative by providing a $2,500 sponsorship which allowed HSSD staff award recipients to receive a $1,250 personal stipend, $750 school grant and $500 endowment to the Howard-Suamico Education Foundation.
Green Bay Community Church – Green Bay Community Church has been a valuable partner to the Howard-Suamico School District. In an effort to enhance the HSSD Standard Reunification Plan, a reunification exercise was held at GBCC in June 2023. GBCC graciously agreed to host the training and be the official reunification site for HSSD in the event of an emergency. A reunification could occur following events such as weather or hazmat emergencies, power outages, or crises in schools. GBCC’s donation of its expansive facility will allow HSSD staff to reunite students and families in a safe and effective manner. HSSD commends GBCC for its commitment to the safety of our local students and families. GBCC’s open arms and readiness to assist in times of crisis demonstrates a spirit of compassion and unity that is essential to creating a strong and safe community.
Hustisford School District
Rolair Systems – Rolair Systems is a third-generation manufacturer located in Hustisford’s Industrial Park. While they are known for their quality, contractor-grade air compressors, they are also well known for their support when help is needed. Rolair Systems donated $300 worth of materials for Hustisford School District’s new routers. They have also helped out with reduced costs on an emergency compressor for the HVAC system at John Hustis Elementary. Rolair has also assisted with repairs at the high school with compressors in our tech ed classroom. Rolair is a partner in the annual student career fair, opening their doors for students to tour the facility, and have engaged in youth apprenticeship opportunities for the last eight years with the district. The Hustisford School District is grateful to partner with Rolair Systems – a local company that shares industry knowledge, customer service, and a can-do attitude with our school district.
X-CEL Tooling, Inc. – Rural-based manufacturers make big impacts in student learning. X-CEL Tooling, Inc. is located in the nearby Village of Iron Ridge and the impact of their support in the Hustisford School District’s Technical Education Program is transformative. X-CEL’s donation of 2 CNC routers (machines worth $7,000) elevated the district’s technical education program to include up-to-date CNC training to high school students. CNC stands for computer numerical control, a standard manufacturing method used for machining metal and plastic parts. X-CEL provided training for the district staff, provided all of the software, tool holders, required parts and setup. With support from X-CEL Tooling, Inc. students learn a foundational skillset of how to work with up-to-date machining tools and computer software. Their support of technical education in the Hustisford School District brings opportunity out of the manufacturing room and into the classroom.
School District of Jefferson
Casey’s of Jefferson – Casey’s of Jefferson is a very generous business. Casey’s is a gas station that makes pizzas. Monthly, Casey’s connects with West Elementary School to give a great discount on pizzas to West, which is used to host a monthly pizza party to the students who have passed one or more levels on Lexia, an online computer program that gives students independent practice on phonics and basic reading skills. Students enjoy the recognition for their reading progress while eating a pizza treat! Casey’s gesture is a great incentive for student learning!
Gordy’s Pizza of Jefferson – Gordy’s Pizza of Jefferson is a small hometown pizza and Italian business. Not only do they give the School District of Jefferson great prices when the schools do staff meals as well as provide fundraisers for our school sports teams and school clubs, but they take care of the kids in our community. All in all, Gordy’s pizza is committed to supporting the students of the Jefferson Community!
JDP HVAC/Pratt Bros. Community Based Heating and Cooling – JDP HVAC/Pratt Bros. Community Based Heating and Cooling of Jefferson is a local business dedicated to the School District of Jefferson. Anytime a Jefferson School is in need of a donation, JDP HVAC comes to the rescue! Whether it be the West Elementary School Fun Run that is asking for business sponsors, Jefferson High School tech ed and auto shop classes that are in need of supplies, or donations to the Jefferson High School Skills USA Club events, JDP HVAC is willing to help! Jefferson Schools can always count on JDP HVAC to help out where needed. The School District of Jefferson deeply appreciates the support of JDP HVAC to provide many great opportunities for the Jefferson students!
Johnson Creek School District
Doosan Bobcat North America – Doosan Bobcat increased their involvement in the district this past year in both time and treasure. They spent time with the Middle School Robotics Club and awarded a STEM grant. They also donated steel to the welding labs so they can practice welding, along with four used welding machines, four barrels for the class to make “smokers” out of, a tool chest to the STEM program and two raffle baskets. They also picked up scrap metal to scrap for the lab and paid for an inflatable obstacle course for the post prom event. We are so appreciative of their partnership as an employer in our community.
Badger Bank – Badger Bank has the Spirit Debit Card Program which financially gives back to the school district. They supply fans with t-shirts and other promotional items. They sponsored the children’s book from the Ambassador Company supplying children from K-4th grades with life learning skills and children are gifted the hardcover book. They contributed to the back-to-school new teachers’ luncheon, a gift for each new teacher and teacher appreciation week, including more gifts. Badger Bank sponsored the Booster Club in fall and spring, supplying the Booster Club with a special food item of the week. They also handed out personalized water bottles and peanut packs for baseball and softball fans. Badger Bank volunteered for the post-Prom and financially contributed to the event. They place ads and support the athletic programs year-round. Badger Bank also supplies the school with large-scale document shredding services.
Juda School District
Up N’ Smoke Bar-B-Que – Up N’ Smoke is a local business that has been working with the school for the past few years. During COVID, Up N’ Smoke helped to cater a dinner for all students so that they could have a prom at the school. All students were provided dinner and it was delicious! Over the past few years, Up N’ Smoke has worked with the school and our rec department to provide meals for our students and our community. They have also catered amazing meals to keep our staff morale up! They are easy to work with and very generous.
Monroe Engraving, Inc. – The district has worked with Monroe Engraving for many years. They do quality work and do it quickly and efficiently. This year we had a community event in which we had softball and basketball tournaments. Monroe Engraving donated the trophies and medals for the event. We truly appreciate all they do for us!
Brooks-White Parks Farm – The Brooks family farm has been extremely supportive of our students, our FFA program and our recent Juda celebration. They have donated time and money to all of these events. This spring they bought all of our students ice cream to help celebrate and recognize the dairy industry. We are thankful for their support and their family continuing the farming tradition!
School District of La Crosse
Hale Skemp Law Firm – Hale Skemp Law Firm has become a youth apprenticeship employer, which allows high school students the opportunity to learn on-site with a business, as they seek continued learning experiences within their chosen pathway. They have supported the growth of our students and built robust opportunities along the way for continued learning within the law/government pathway.
Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity has partnered with the School District of La Crosse to provide leadership, instruction and a vital connection to the advocacy and construction industry in our school district. HFH team members have also donated time to assist in high school technology education programming, have presented to students and have committed to partnering with the School District of La Crosse in continued opportunities to support academic and curricular experiences.
Olson Solar Energy – Olson Solar is a constant supporter of our architecture and construction education programs, with their team members serving as guest speakers, and donating their time to school-based activities, where they share opportunities to improve pathway opportunities for our students. They have also become a strong youth apprenticeship employer, working tirelessly to create opportunities for students within the solar industry.
La Crosse Country Club – The La Crosse Country Club’s partnership with the School District of La Crosse is a key component to the successful career pathway opportunities that we provide to our students and community. They provide tours and donate time to share their skill sets and expertise within a broad variety of career pathway areas. La Crosse Country Club has also been a youth apprenticeship employer over the past year, within multiple career pathways.
L.B. White Company, LLC – L.B. White has partnered with the School District of La Crosse in multiple ways, including being a strong supporter and partner of the La Crosse Engineering Academy, offering tours to our middle and high school students, and volunteering to serve as guest speakers and presenters for numerous classrooms. L.B. White has provided donations that continue to strengthen our programming and accessibility to high-quality industry opportunities. Most recently, L.B. has become a youth apprenticeship employer, which allows high school students the opportunity to learn on-site with a business, as they seek continued learning experiences within their chosen pathway.
La Farge Schools
Organic Valley – Organic Valley understands the importance of public schools in the small towns and rural communities where many of its co-op farmers and other employees live and work. Organic Valley supports its employees in serving on school boards and committees. Over the past year, Organic Valley has donated funds to support important programs at La Farge Schools and Kickapoo Valley Forest School such as a universal snack program, after school programming, and supplies for special family and community events. Organic Valley is a friend and neighbor to La Farge Schools and we are so grateful for their support!
La Farge Truck Center – La Farge Truck Center is a strong supporter of La Farge Schools. In the past year, the Truck Center has procured and donated a vehicle used for the district’s in-house drivers ed program. This donation is very meaningful, in which it provides a lasting gift of student independence, autonomy and traffic safety. Additionally, the Truck Center partnered with the school district this year to support installation of an upgraded score board for our softball field. The Truck Center is a friend and neighbor to La Farge Schools and we are so grateful for their support!
Farmers State Bank – Farmers State Bank is a strong supporter of La Farge Schools. In addition to working with the district on financial health and wellness, the bank and its staff support students in learning to manage money. Their staff visits elementary school classrooms to teach introductory lessons about saving. The bank is a hub of the community and serves. The bank also supported the school district this year by sponsoring installation of an upgraded score board for our softball field. Farmers State Bank and its La Farge Branch are appreciated partners with La Farge Schools!
School District of Lodi
Pre-Emergency Planning, LLC – Melissa Waller and Pre-Emergency Planning, LLC worked with our community safety group to run a table top safety exercise for our district and community. Included in the exercise was the City of Lodi, Lodi Area EMS, Lodi Police, Lodi Fire, Kobussen Bus Services, Columbia County Emergency Management, and school district staff. It was a great learning opportunity for all and helped us to do all we can to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff, families and community. Melissa Waller and Pre-Emergency Planning, LLC met with our planning group to determine the type of scenario to use and the outcomes our safety group was looking for from this process. Melissa Waller ran a realistic scenario, asked probing questions, and created a judgment free learning zone for all participants. The School District of Lodi truly appreciates the work of Melissa Waller and Pre-Emergency Planning, LLC.
Brian Schmidt Enterprises, LLC – The School District of Lodi would like to nominate Brian Schmidt Enterprises, LLC as they continuously are donating their time, talent and materials to the district. Within the past few years Brian Schmidt Enterprise, LLC gave a significant in-kind donation of time, material and expertise to the Lodi Stadium Project. This year, they made a similar type of donation to the Heritage Park playground at our primary school. While the majority of Heritage Park is amazing, we had an area by a large slide that was continually washed out and was unusable. The Brian Schmidt Enterprises team put in a retaining wall and steps that will make this area beautiful and functional for our students and families. The district continues to be grateful to Brian and Stephanie Schmidt and Brian Schmidt Enterprises, LLC for their unwavering support.
Lodi Veterinary Care – The School District of Lodi would like to nominate the Lodi Veterinary Care for WASB’s Business Honor Roll. They have significantly affected our students in our careers and technical education department by giving tours to our agricultural careers classes over the years. They have provided guest speakers for our veterinarians studies (physical exams and different career paths in veterinary science) and small animal science (diagnosing diseases in different species) classes. They have led a station at our fall Day on the Farm event for FFA to talk about a vet’s role on a farm. Lastly, they also have partnered with the Zoetis program to help make an annual donation to the Lodi FFA which supports many of our students.
Mayville School District
Northwest Cable Construction, Inc. – Northwest Cable Construction, Inc., led by Mr. DJ Legas, has generously supported our school district, community and student athletes through a number of service and monetary donations throughout this past school year and beyond. Last fall, the Northwest Cable team ran internet cable from our high school to our athletic facility press box at no cost to the district. This was work that would have cost us more than $11,000, allowing us to implement technology, as well as to stream our events for our community. They have donated service hours and product to improve our community baseball fields on which our varsity and junior varsity baseball teams play. Mr. Legas is always a resource for human power, equipment and expertise for our team. Most recently, Northwest Cable donated $6,000 to help our district lease a robotic field marker to ensure we can continue to host student athletic events across our facilities. We are forever grateful for this outstanding business partner!
Menomonie Area School District
Keyes Chevrolet – Keyes Chevrolet has been a tremendous supporter of the School District of the Menomonie Area. Over the past year, Keyes Chevrolet has supported the school district through a variety of generous donations and sponsorships, and they have provided job opportunities for students with special needs preparing to transition to post-high school programming. Beyond direct support for the school district, Keyes Chevrolet has supported the Menomonie Boys and Girls Club through proceeds from their annual Corvette car show, and the Menomonie Baseball Association through sponsorships and many volunteer hours coaching youth baseball players.
WESTconsin Credit Union – WESTconsin Credit Union has been a tremendous supporter of the School District of the Menomonie Area. Over the past year, WESTconsin Credit Union has supported the school district through a variety of generous donations and sponsorships, and they have provided job opportunities for students preparing to transition to post-high school programming. WESTconsin Credit Union has participated in the district’s annual “life simulation” for students to learn what life will be like to be on their own, and WESTconsin Credit Union partners with Menomonie High School to provide students with on site access to banking services. WESTconsin Credit Union operates high school offices that not only provides easily accessible financial products and services to students and staff, but an interactive venue for students to discuss financial matters one-on-one with credit union personnel. On-site offices also give student tellers professional employment experience within the financial services work environment.
Bill’s Distributing – Bill’s Distributing has been a tremendous supporter of the School District of the Menomonie Area. Over the past year, Bill’s Distributing has supported the school district through a variety of generous donations and sponsorships, and they have provided job opportunities for students with special needs who are preparing to transition to post-high school employment.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
WayForward Resources (formerly Middleton Outreach Ministry) – WayForward Resources (previously known as Middleton Outreach Ministry) is dedicated to ensuring individuals and families throughout Dane County have access to nourishing food. Their remarkable efforts have made them an invaluable partner to our social workers and education foundation. We extend our sincere gratitude to WayForward Resources for tirelessly providing us with food and personal hygiene items to better support the students, staff and family in our district. Their dedication to helping others is both humbling and inspiring, and we deeply appreciate the role they play in our mission to uplift and empower those around us. With their unwavering support, we can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. WayForward Resources, thank you for being such a crucial partner in our pursuit of a better and brighter tomorrow for all.
Bridging Brighter Smiles, Inc. – Bridging Brighter Smiles, Inc. is a remarkable school-based program dedicated to offering preventative dental care to students in our district. For over seven years, they have tirelessly provided free or low-cost dental work, ensuring that our students have access to essential oral health care services. Their commitment to promoting healthy smiles and fostering overall wellness among our student population is truly commendable. Through their efforts, countless students have received the necessary dental care that they may not otherwise have access to. We extend our utmost appreciation to Bridging Brighter Smiles, Inc. for their invaluable contribution to the wellbeing of our students. Their dedication to improving oral health outcomes is integral to our shared vision of creating a brighter and healthier future for all.
USI Insurance Services – USI Insurance Services is a highly valued benefits consultant for our district, and we are sincerely grateful for their expertise and unwavering support. One of their admirable practices is their intentional approach to giving back to our community, particularly during the holiday season. For the last few years, USI Insurance Services took the initiative to make generous donations to a local food bank on behalf of public employers throughout Wisconsin. This act of kindness truly resonates with our core values and exemplifies their commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others. Their generosity is greatly appreciated and deeply valued.
One Community Bank – Middleton – We are incredibly grateful for the unwavering support and generosity of One Community Bank – Middleton. As a dedicated sponsor, they have played a vital role in our district’s success. One Community Bank – Middleton has been instrumental in the development of our new stadium complex, acting as a proud sponsor. Their commitment to enhancing our sporting facilities and providing a topnotch experience for our students and community is truly commendable. Additionally, they stepped up as the premier sponsor for the 2023 Exceptional Women of Middleton Cross Plains event, generously funding the entire event. We extend our deepest appreciation to One Community Bank – Middleton for their continued partnership and investment in our district. Their support has made a significant and positive impact on our community, allowing us to thrive and create memorable experiences for all.
Lake Ridge Bank – We are incredibly fortunate to have the dedicated support of the Lake Ridge Bank as a generous sponsor for our district. Their unwavering commitment to our community is evident through their continued sponsorship of our new stadium complex. Lake Ridge Bank has played a pivotal role in the development and success of this state-of-the-art facility, providing invaluable support and resources. Thanks to their generous contributions, our students and community members now have access to an exceptional sporting venue. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Lake Ridge Bank for their ongoing partnership and for their steadfast commitment to the growth and prosperity of our district.
Mineral Point Unified School District
Aspen Ridge Home & Garden – Aspen Ridge Home & Garden has been a fantastic addition to the Mineral Point community. Following a $12 million renovation to our elementary school, Aspen Ridge helped complete the finishing touches by donating landscaping to beautify the front entrance. Our school garden has also benefited from donations, as well as our school oak savanna. This summer, they also donated replacement trees for our middle/high school as we had to cut many down due to Emerald Ash Borer disease. Their store also hosts food stands that are fundraisers for our Education Endowment Fund and Pointer Pantry. Aspen Ridge hosts classes of elementary students to learn more about the business as they design holiday advertisements for the local newspaper. They are also so thoughtful of our staff and donate treats for Staff Appreciation Week in May and have even sponsored coffee trucks for our staff as well.
Ross Soil—Nutrien – Ross Soil—Nutrien has been a longtime supporter of the school district, especially our FFA program. Our FFA has been an important part of our school since 1929 and Ross Soil is a strong supporter, especially of the annual awards banquet. They also are willing to employ students through our youth apprenticeship program, as well as participating in mock interviews, providing valuable experience to our youth. Additionally, they purchase animals at the Iowa County Fair Livestock Auction where our students participate, donate funds to send FFA members to the Washington DC Leadership Conference, donate the use of their equipment for the FFA fruit sale delivery day, and provide guest speakers to our agriculture classes.
Sielaff Corporation – Sielaff Corporation has been a tremendous partner as part of our transition program. This partnership helps special needs students find work as they approach graduation, giving them valuable life and employment skills as they prepare for life after high school.
School District of New Berlin
Sunset Nutrition- The staff and owners at Sunset Nutrition have been so welcoming and accommodating to our students with disabilities. They have opened the doors to their business and allowed students to partake in work experiences and have trained both students and district staff. Sunset Nutrition has been a model business partner, flexible, caring and open to encouraging student lifelong success.
Banner Church, New Berlin – Banner Church has been a district business partner for several years. They host long and short term work experiences in a wide variety of capacities (clerical and housekeeping). Banner Church has consistently been welcoming to students with a wide variety of support needs, providing exceptional learning opportunities.
aiEDU – aiEDU, a national nonprofit organization, has played an invaluable role in helping the school district empower the students we serve with a crucial skill for the future: AI literacy. Through their free lessons, transforming learning into an engaging journey of discovery, students understand the disruptions and benefits of future technology. Additionally, their leadership has provided school district leaders with knowledge for staff professional development.
Growing Minds – The partnership with Growing Minds has supported our New Berlin schools and community. Growing Minds created, collaborated and built our district’s knowledge base in strategically teaching our staff about self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mindful awareness and executive function skills that are aimed at helping students succeed inside of school and out. The whole community benefited this partnership through our parent programs and teacher professional learning to encourage mindful living and well being.
Wisconsin Reads – Wisconsin Reads holds an indelible place in our school district’s journey towards literacy excellence and advancing community engagement and conversations around improving literacy in Wisconsin. They partnered with WASB and the School District of New Berlin to host viewings of the Truth About Reading as well as a post-event panel. Additionally, they helped connect our district with researchers and experts in the field of literacy to support our journey in bringing high quality evidence-based reading instruction to our district.
New London School District
Plach Automotive, Inc. – Plach Automotive and its owner, Dan Plach, strongly believe in the power of quality education to shape the workforce of tomorrow. They are pleased to support the School District of New London by providing opportunities for students and the community. Recently, Plach Automotive generously donated a vehicle maintenance lift and automotive tools to the School District of New London, encouraging student interest in the automotive industry and expanding their knowledge of automotive consumerism. The School District of New London is immensely grateful for the generosity of Plach Automotive and its dedication to improving educational experiences.
Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
Standard Process – This business has always worked to help improve our school district and our community, however during the 2022-23 school year they made multiple donations that really went above and beyond. They funded the paving of our Standard Process Athletic Complex parking lot, which really amplified the whole complex and school. They also donated a large amount to our Greenhouse project, which helped make it possible to begin construction. They are always supportive and willing to work with our district to make the whole community great.
Healthy Community Network – This business often brings food to give to our students and makes sure that no student is going hungry all day. They host events in the community and are always sure to include our school district. They are extremely valuable to our district and the towns they provide for.
Modern Woodman of America – Kyle Damrow – MWA has recently begun a series called “Hometown Hero” where they honor heroes in the community. This year they chose two of our staff members and pointed out and awarded them for their hard work and dedication to the community. They provided snacks and a donation to the staff members program of choice, and both chose programs within the schools. It is wonderful to have a business help us appreciate our amazing staff.
Lakeside BP – We have nominated V from Lakeside BP in the past, and I am sure we will in the future. V makes continuous donations to our school district. Whether it be new uniforms for a sports team, supporting the greenhouse fundraiser, or through his constant 5% of sales donation from a select gas pump, he is always helping the district out in some way or another. We are very grateful to V!
Rainabobaina’s – Rainabobaina’s is a small business in Palmyra that loves to do big things. This year they donated school supplies in the beginning of the school year, and later their donation of $4,000 to Mrs. Spoerk and the Tech. Ed. students. They also allow us to place signs in the front of their building to help spread the word about things we have going on in our district. It’s wonderful to have a community partner that is so collaborative.
Peshtigo School District
Waupaca Foundry – The Waupaca Foundry based out of Marinette has been an essential supporter of the Peshtigo School District’s STEM Programming. Through the financial support elementary students are being exposed to STEM activities of coding, robotics and design. The Waupaca Foundry also has supported our high school students through career exploration tours and job placements. Through the gift of time and money, the students of the Peshtigo School District are able to experience STEM activities first hand at school and in the workplace.
Racine Unified School District
Haribo of America – Haribo may be new to Southeastern Wisconsin, but the company, with its recently-opened, high-tech plant producing sweet treats in Pleasant Prairie, is already showing its commitment to supporting education. Haribo has been instrumental in getting a manufacturing pathway up and running at the Academies of Racine – Horlick High School, donating more than $250,000 in time, talent and equipment to the school. As the Academies launched Capstone Projects in its senior pathway courses, Haribo provided a real-world challenge for students, as well as mentorship throughout the process, as students applied technical and professional skills to develop a solution. Thanks to this partnership with Haribo, the Academies of Racine – Horlick students have been able to experience a multitude of career pathways including marketing, IT, manufacturing and engineering, all while learning how collaboration and teamwork are essential to success in the workplace. Haribo is a valued partner in helping ensure RUSD graduates are ready to succeed in college or career.
Rib Lake School District
Randy Thums Trucking & Excavating, LLC – Randy Thums Trucking & Excavating has completed a number of projects for the district and also takes care of plowing our district parking lots during major snows. During the summer of 2023, Randy donated his time and machinery to remove our 22-year-old elementary playground equipment and complete all of the site work for our new elementary playground. Our students would not be able to enjoy this new playground without his work and generosity for our students. Thank you!
Forward Bank – Forward Bank moved into Rib Lake a year ago and jumped right in to helping the school district and community. They offered half time challenges and prizes at our athletic events, and have provided a fee-free credit card reader for any fundraisers we have. They have also worked hard for the district in finding the best accounts for our school system to use and manage our money, while helping the district transition to new ways to manage our cash flow effectively over the year. Recently they also donated $5,800 to our district to go towards our new elementary playground. Thank you!
Marathon Cheese Corporation – Marathon Cheese has been a big supporter of our district this past year and they donated $10,000 to our new inclusive elementary school playground. We are very thankful for their generous support of our students and school district. Thank you!
Rib Lake True Value – Rib Lake True Value is a true community focused store. They have not only donated financial to our elementary school playground project but work closely with the district to make sure we have the supplies we need when we need them. If we ever need help or to borrow equipment we may not have, they are always willing to reach out a helping hand. Thank you for all you do!
Richmond School District
Johnson Controls – In the past year we have needed many updates in the 49-year-old part and 25-year-old section of our building. They set up IAQ indoor air quality sensors in the fall and again in the spring to measure during both heating and cooling seasons. They are now adding seven permanent sensors to monitor our CO2, VOCs and humidity daily. They problem solved to help us with a high humidity issue (it was bad enough to rust our lockers). Three rooftop units were added to provide efficiency and energy savings. They worked to tie old systems with new, making our building a better place to learn and to work.
Rosendale-Brandon School District
Bluemkes Food Mart – Through their “Spirit Pump,” this gas station/food mart has donated over $20,000 to district programs ranging from athletics, the arts, to STEM projects.
Saint Francis School District
GROTH Design Group: Mike Groth, Nathan Schieve, Cindy Gall – The Groth Design team has been instrumental in transforming our learning spaces both indoors and outside. All three schools were touched by this project to modernize classrooms, standardize technology, utilize creative furniture solutions and provide flexible learning spaces that support the multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning in the St. Francis Public School District. This project creates a legacy of learning incorporating outdoor gardens, walking trails, bio-swales, storm water retention and updated athletic and recreation areas for all members of our school community.
CG Schmidt: Ryan Schmidt, Ethan Stippel, Mike Lamp – CG Schmidt assisted in developing a facilities plan and successful referendum that the community overwhelmingly supported for $30.6M during a pandemic. The timing was perfect for the project as each of the schools were in need of modernization along with the opportunity to address long-term maintenance and take advantage of low interest rates. The team assisted the district with an excellent communications plan and supported the district from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting ceremonies. One of the hallmarks of the project was the construction team who worked tirelessly with the district in collaboration despite supply chain issues and dealing with the remnants of the pandemic. CG Schmidt has been an excellent partner to help us create the learning environments our students and families deserve. The St. Francis project will influence generations to come.
Building Solutions, LLC – Curt Wiebelhaus was hired to assist the St. Francis Public School District as an owner’s representative. His work with district leaders has been instrumental in achieving the overall goals of the district’s strategic plan and ensuring the project is completed on time and within the financial budget allocated. His creativity and experience has benefited the district as we took opportunities to make changes to the project along the way that provided cost-savings and enhancements. Curt has been a valuable member of the project team and his influence has greatly improved aspects of the project. He was always responsive to requests and provided great feedback to building and distinct leaders. We appreciate his service to this project.
Jim Anderson/Carpenters Union – The Carpenters Union, specifically Jim Anderson of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, has worked very closely with our construction teachers to bolster their curriculum and provide the training that our students need to enter into the profession. With his help, students can earn an industry recognized certificate which also brings back money to SFSD.
Coello & Associates, Inc. – Coello has provided our students with a chance to dive right into the exciting field of concrete construction. Most recently, Jon Ray, from St. Francis has begun a Youth Apprenticeship with COELLO where he is learning about footings and walls. Ms. Kristin Lee has been especially helpful in mentoring him.
Sauk Prairie School District
Kraemer Brothers – Kraemer Brothers has worked closely with the school district for the past several years as the general contractor for our $65 million referendum construction project. The team has been incredibly professional and has welcomed students to learn on the project. Kraemer Brothers continues to find ways to donate time, talent, and funds to the district in support of student programming and staff growth. Kraemer Brothers continues to be an amazing partner.
Kayser Chevrolet – Kayser Chevrolet is a generous supporter of our ag education program and is a consistent host site for students in our apprenticeship program. We are grateful for their continued support.
Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce – The Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce continues to be an incredible partner for our school district. The Chamber teaches classes on economic empowerment at our high school, the Chamber sends countless volunteers to our school events and programs, and it helps spread the word about why families should choose to live, work and learn in Sauk Prairie.
Sparta Area School District
Benny Mailman of the Monroe County Publisher – As the new editor for Monroe County Publisher, Benny has worked collaboratively with our district to highlight our students and staff’s accomplishments, challenges and opportunities. He has become a champion for our district and a reliable partner in education.
Pica Grove – Pica Grove provides all of SASD’s signage with great customer service, quality products and designs while keeping our district’s branding at the forefront. Pica Grove is owned by a former faculty member of Sparta High School, Sue Iverson, and continually supports our district and community in any way possible.
Stevens Point Area Public School District
Pointe Precision – Pointe Precision has significantly contributed to P.J. Jacobs Junior High over the past year, demonstrating their commitment to our school and students. They visited our Introduction to Metals classes, delivering a speech that enlightened students about the industry and opened their doors for tours. Their generous provision of materials empowered students to explore their creativity. Additionally, Pointe Precision actively participated in our Career Exploration Day, delivering informative presentations that showcased various industry opportunities. Their dedication and support have positively impacted our students’ educational experience, fostering skill development and informed decision-making for future careers. Pointe Precision’s contributions exemplify the spirit of outstanding local businesses that enhance the success of our schools. We highly recommend their recognition on the WASB Business Honor Roll.
JoAnn Fabrics – Ranae and JoAnn Fabrics deserve enthusiastic recognition for their exceptional partnership with our Alternative High School. Through the Kids In Need Foundation, they have gone above and beyond, providing us with everything necessary for a maker space in our upcoming new location. Their generous support includes sewing machines, cutting tools, rulers, mats, an iron and ironing board, threads, notions, yarn, crochet and knitting needles, and a diverse range of crafts and materials. They have even supplied storage containers for organization. Ranae and JoAnn Fabrics’ investment in our students and community is evident as we engage in service projects like quilts, hats, and mittens, fostering skills, pride, and community impact. Their commitment to creativity, skill development, and community engagement makes them a deserving candidate for the WASB Business Honor Roll.
Marten Machining – Marten Machining has been an excellent business partner for the Stevens Point Area Public School District. They have made significant contributions to our students and staff, fostering valuable opportunities and enhancing our educational programs. Marten Machining has graciously opened their doors, allowing students and staff to tour their business location, providing firsthand exposure to the industry. They have also offered internship opportunities, enabling students to gain practical experience and explore potential careers. Their generous provision of equipment has greatly enriched our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming at SPASH, empowering students with hands-on learning experiences. Additionally, the owner of Marten Machining has selflessly volunteered in the classroom, sharing his passion and expertise with our students. Marten Machining’s unwavering commitment to our district, dedication to student growth, and support of our educational initiatives make them a deserving candidate for the WASB Business Honor Roll.
Excel Preschool – Excel Preschool exemplifies exceptional collaboration and a shared commitment to creating an inclusive environment as our 4K community partner. Their proactive approach and dedication to the success of students and staff set them apart. Excel Preschool actively engages in collaborative problem-solving, readily offering their expertise and resources to support our shared goals. Their inclusive approach fosters a positive culture where district staff feels welcomed and valued within the Excel Preschool community. Their unwavering commitment to our shared mission and willingness to go above and beyond demonstrate their exceptional dedication. Excel Preschool serves as an inspiration to others, showcasing the power of collaboration and mutual support. We deeply appreciate Excel Preschool’s contributions and their collaborative spirit. Their partnership has significantly enriched our educational community, and we believe they are highly deserving of recognition on the WASB Business Honor Roll.
Auto Select – Auto Select of Stevens Point has been an invaluable supporter of our high school and an exceptional asset to our Autos program and students. Their commitment to education and dedication to student success have had a lasting impact. As mentors in our youth apprenticeship program, Auto Select provides invaluable guidance to our aspiring automotive professionals, shaping their career paths through real-world insights and mentorship. Furthermore, their generous donations, including an evaporation machine, smoke machine and alignment machine, have transformed our classrooms, equipping our students with essential tools. These contributions have greatly enhanced our auto program, ensuring comprehensive training and hands-on experience. We are sincerely grateful for Auto Select’s unwavering support and commitment to SPASH. Their involvement has made a significant difference in the education and future prospects of our students. Auto Select deserves recognition on the WASB Business Honor Roll for their outstanding contributions.
Stoughton Area School District
Kicks Unlimited – Stoughton – Kicks Unlimited is a local martial arts training school and has shown an exemplary level of dedication to our community by volunteering their time and funds to support school activities over the years. In addition to providing financial support, they have also been consistently present at youth functions. Their involvement in these events has been instrumental in fostering a sense of community spirit and promoting the well-being of our students. Moreover, the time and effort that Kicks Unlimited has put into volunteering in our schools have helped to create a positive environment for learning and development. Their presence is a constant reminder to our students that they are supported and valued by the community around them. In short, Kicks Unlimited contribution to our schools and students is immeasurable, and we are immensely grateful for their support. Their dedication to the well-being of our community is a testament to their commitment to making a positive impact in the world around them.
Blue Moon Community Farm – Blue Moon Community Farm is an on-farm CSA program. Blue Moon is an outstanding business that has shown an exceptional level of dedication to the community by donating many seedlings to our elementary school’s garden and helping to plot the garden layout. In addition, Blue Moon volunteers their time teaching gardening and farming lessons during the spring and fall. These lessons provide hands-on activities that supplement standard classroom work. They also volunteer in classrooms, helping kids with reading and schoolwork. Their commitment to the well-being of the community is immeasurable, and their dedication to fostering a sense of community spirit and promoting the well-being of students is evident in everything they do. In conclusion, Blue Moon is a business dedicated to the well-being of the community and making a positive impact in the world around them, and we are immensely grateful for their support.
School District of Turtle Lake
McDonald’s – McDonald’s has been outstanding in doing mock interviews, speaking to classes and donating to the school. They are a true partner in education.
Waterford Graded School District
DW Coffee – DW Coffee is a valuable partner to our school district. Leslie Kinsey is the owner, and she is always willing to help by providing food for events, donations for various clubs and volunteering on committees to help our district continue to grow. This upcoming school year, Leslie is working with our team to provide birthday drinks for our staff. When she is not working at the local fan-favorite establishment, she volunteers on the ACP committee and offers insights in order to help our school better prepare our graduates.
Waterford Union High School
Tichigan Lakes Lions Club – Tichigan Lakes Lions Club has been a valuable partner for Waterford Union High School. This year for the annual Waterford Balloonfest, they partnered with us in order to provide a community event that brought in 8,000 people. Because of their partnership, the school district was able to raise funds that will be allocated to the community fund. Without the support of Tichigan Lakes Lion Club, we would not have been able to pull off an event of this magnitude successfully.
Hypneumat, Inc. – Hypneumat is an excellent partner with WUHS as we continue to expand our mission of having students prepared for college, career and life. Hypneumat was one of our youth apprenticeships companies, and they have been a joy to work with. Not only do they provide an excellent opportunity for our students interested in manufacturing, but they also have so much excitement to see their program expand.
Gunderson Excavating, Inc. – Gunderson is a staple business that is in our community. They give selflessly for sponsorships and donations when any of our clubs ask. They have a long time history as Waterford residents; they sent their children through our school district, and one of them is now teaching and coaching at Waterford Union High School.
Whitnall School District
Holz Motors, Inc. – Holz Motors has always stepped up to the plate for the Whitnall School District. Whether it be to support our youth programs, our back to school block party, our many different booster club events, a scoreboard sponsorship, as well as, our youth apprenticeship program. They are always willing to support us. It is a partnership we are grateful for.
Nimmer Heating and Air Conditioning – Our first ever HVAC youth apprentice, Ryan Rush-Class of 2023, was hired by Tyler Voyles at Nimmer. Nimmer was brand new to youth apprenticeship, but they believed in its purpose and took a chance. Tyler, Marie Silva and the entire crew at Nimmer really supported Ryan and allowed him to launch his HVAC career while still in high school.
Thielmann Group – Mr. Jason Peck, Vice President of Thielmann Group, took a chance on adding a youth apprentice in HVAC. When that student turned out well, he agreed to take on another one. 2022-23 was the first year our consortium had any HVAC youth apprentices thanks to people like Jason.
Auer Steel – Under the direction of Mr. Jon Hirsch, Auer Steel has partnered with all of our consortium schools to bring hands-on demonstrations of HVAC careers to both our high school and middle school students. Jon has also made connections in the business community so that our students may participate in job shadows and youth apprenticeships.
School District of Wild Rose
Wild Rose C Store – The Wild Rose C Store is owned by Eric Hanson of Depot Street Station LLC. In 2021, he rebranded the Wild Rose C Store to an Amoco station. Amoco offers a spirit pump program that allows Eric to designate one pump to be decorated and painted for a community organization. Eric chose the School District of Wild Rose for this honor. He generously donates two cents from every gallon of gas pumped at the spirit pump to the district. These funds are designated to be used for the school’s athletic programs. To date, many pieces of equipment have been purchased for a variety of athletic programs which otherwise would not have been purchased. Thank you Eric for your generous donations. We value and appreciate your support of our students and look forward to our continued relationship.
Williams Bay School District
LinMot Motors – LinMot Motors donated a $25,000 linear motor and awarded the district a $10,000 grant to purchase equipment so that we can offer Industry 4.0 courses which provides students the opportunity to earn up to 6 dual-enrollment transcripted credits to Gateway Technical College in their Advanced Manufacturing Technology Degree program, along with 2 industry-recognized certifications through the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA).
MicroPrecision LLC – MicroPrecision donated approximately $3,500 in metal stock to support the district’s metals programs and give students an opportunity to create unique projects and practice welding skills
Midwest Precision Molding – Midwest Precision donated $8,333 to our industrial technology program to purchase equipment so that we can offer Industry 4.0 courses which provides students the opportunity to earn up to 6 dual-enrollment transcripted credits to Gateway Technical College in their Advanced Manufacturing Technology Degree program, along with 2 industry-recognized certifications through the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA). They also consult with our instructor on how to best prepare students.
Foremost Electric, LLC – Foremost donated installation services and materials to create a space for our esports program. They have provided free consultation on installing new industrial technology equipment.
Midwest IT, LLC – Midwest IT donated $1,000 to sponsor and purchase uniforms for our esports program. They also help advise and support the team.
School District of Waukesha
Generac Power Systems, Inc. – Generac Power Systems is an incredible support to the School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation. They are a major supporter of the Waukesha Education Foundation which benefits our students and teachers. They have supported a number of projects in our schools and endorse our classroom connect program. They also recently received a Corporate Partner Award from the Waukesha Education Foundation for their incredible support of our school district.
Educator’s Credit Union – Educator’s Credit Union is a great supporter of both the School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation. They are a major sponsor of the Waukesha Education Foundation which directly supports our students and teachers with grants and scholarships. Educator’s Credit Union also supports our financial literacy instruction in our high school classrooms and recently held the first Reality Day since the pandemic for our high school business students from North, South and West in partnership with our staff and Waukesha County Technical College.
Prolec-GE Waukesha, Inc. – Prolec GE (formerly SPX) here in Waukesha is a major manufacturer of transformers, services and components to allow for innovative and sustainable solutions for the delivery of electrical energy. They serve our students and staff at a high level being major volunteers in our Manufacturing, Automotive, Design and Engineering (MADE) program and our Females in Manufacturing, Automotive, Design and Engineering (FEMADE) program. These programs exist at all three of our high schools along with our engineering and heath academies at South High School. Prolec GE staffers spend an enormous amount of time in our high schools talking with, guiding and mentoring our students and also assisting our teachers.
MetalTek International – MetalTek International located in Waukesha is a metal casting manufacturing company specializing in high temperature, severe wear and harsh corrosive environments. They are generous financial supporters of the School District of Waukesha as it relates to a technical education and trades programming. They understand that the future of their work force is contained within our local schools and they invest in equipment and opportunities to clearly demonstrate that. We appreciate their generosity and engagement as we work together to provide the future of the workforce here in Waukesha.