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Community invited to honor Oshkosh educators at Celebrate Education - March 20 2015

OSHKOSH, WI - More than $34,000 in grants will be awarded during Celebrate Education, an evening that recognizes and honor educators, administrators and volunteers who enrich the lives of students in our community.



The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St. The presentation will begin at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please call the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation at 920-426-3993 to reserve a seat.



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Twenty-four educators from public and private schools will be recognized with classroom and professional development grants, along with other leaders and volunteers who will be recognized for their innovative contributions to education and a school that will be presented with a technology grant. Educators and schools submitted more than $89,000 in grant proposals to the Foundation.



The event is sponsored by the Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis and the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation.



The following grants and awards will be presented:



Spirit of Education Award

Oshkosh alumni Mike Bennett will receive the Oshkosh Area School District's Spirit of Education Award. The honor is presented to an individual, group or business that provides exceptional service to the school and community, expresses a passion for learning, inspires others and serves as a role model for school and community partnerships.



Dr. Stanley Spanbauer Education and Leadership Award

Retired teacher and administrator Tom Baum will be presented with the Dr. Stanley Spanbauer Education and Leadership Award from Lourdes Academy of Oshkosh. The award recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated a long-term commitment to Lourdes Academy and its mission.



Educational Leadership Award

Powergrid Solutions, Inc. (formerly known as Shallbetter, Inc.) will receive the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Educational Leadership Award. The honor is presented to an individual or business demonstrating a long-term commitment to education.



Rudoy Awards for Teaching Excellence

Each year, the Edward and Belle Rudoy Fund selects an educator from each middle school or high school who were nominated by their principal to receive a grant for classroom enhancement or professional development. The 2015 awards focus on middle school teachers. The Rudoy Awards for Teaching Excellence, established in 1996, aim to support teachers in their efforts to provide the best possible education for children.



Rudoy Awards for Teaching Excellence
Marisa RyanLiteracyCarl Traeger Middle School
Kathy HorejsLanguage ArtsLourdes Academy Middle School
David Tuchscherer Technology EducationMerrill Middle School
Bethany MeyerChorusPerry Tipler Middle School
Sandy KohfeldtSocial Studies / LiteracySouth Park Middle School
Lisa HelbingSpecial EducationSouth Park Middle School
Jane RobertsSocial Studies / LiteracyWebster Stanley Middle School
Andrea GrillEmotional / Behavioral DisabilitiesWebster Stanley Middle School




Rudoy Technology Grant

With an understanding of the critical role technology plays in education and the challenge schools face keeping up with the evolving market of devices and tools that can enhance learning, the Edward and Belle Rudoy Fund provides grants for technology. The Rudoy Fund Technology Grant recipient is South Park Middle School. The grant will support the conversion of a computer lab into the South Park Learning and Innovation Cooperative, a creative space that promotes innovation, learning, community engagement and workforce development. Schools submitted more than $54,000 in technology grant funding requests.



Celebrate Education Grants

These grants assist teachers in bringing new and innovative programs to their classrooms. They are funded by the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis and the Zmolek Family Education Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. More than $35,000 in proposals for Celebrate Education grants were submitted to the Foundation during a competitive process earlier this year.



Celebrate Education grant recipients
Emily SopataCarl Traeger Elementary SchoolProject: Math Packs
Elizabeth VanHeuklonCarl Traeger Elementary SchoolProject:Growing readers through wordless picture books
Marni BurtonFranklin Elementary SchoolProject: Making reading fun and comfortable
Wanda KernJefferson Elementary SchoolProject Character counts, kindness matters
Karen CoatsLourdes Academy of OshkoshProject: Book Trailers, A fun new way to get excited about books
Paul SmithMerrill Middle SchoolProject: Peer Buddies 2.0
Nick MeesMerrill Middle SchoolProject: Bedazzled by the butterflies in the classroom
Pamela GerritsRoosevelt Elementary SchoolProject: Success is in the cards
Ivy JeskieSecond Chance (Oshkosh Area School District)School Garden
Beckie LehmanValley Christian Elementary SchoolProject: Ukulele in the classroom
Brian DavisValley Christian High SchoolProject: From textbook learning to laboratory practice
Martha WahlValley Christian High SchoolProject: Stirring up great science
Tom WinkelsValley Christian High SchoolProject: History made modern
LeeAnn GauthierOshkosh North High SchoolProject: Positive climate equals academic success
Terri SchultzOshkosh West High SchoolProject: Way of the Wildcat
Ann FrazierValley Christian SchoolProject: Learning Ally (for students who struggle with reading)





 

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