Walk to School Day gets students hoofing

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Students from Bonduel Elementary School walk along Mill Street near the First Street intersection Wednesday for the annual Walk to School Day. Most of the journey was on a sidewalk, but this segment of road has no sidewalks, so students walked in an area set apart by orange cones.

The fog was thick for Walk to School Day on Wednesday, but the rain stayed away just long enough for Bonduel Elementary School students to walk along Mill Street and get to classes on time.

An estimated 275 to 300 of the school’s 350 students participated in Walk to School Day, an annual fall event facilitated through local school districts and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Brad Grayvold, Bonduel Elementary’s principal, stood at the intersection of First and Mill streets waiting for parents to walk by with their children and school buses to drop off students participating in the event. Tyler Debruin, a planner for ECWRPC’s Safe Routes to School program, stood at the crosswalk for the school with stickers to reward those who walked the entire route.


Walk to School Day approaches

Students, parents and volunteers from Bonduel Elementary School will be among thousands of people celebrating International Walk to School Day on Oct. 10. The one-day event highlighting the importance of youth fitness and emphasizing traffic safety and environmental concerns is celebrated in more than 40 countries.

Parents are encouraged to walk their children to school on the morning of Oct. 10. Those students who ride the bus to school, with parental permission, will be dropped off at the Bonduel fire station and walk from there. Shawano County and Bonduel police will be on hand. Walkers are encouraged to wear school colors or Bonduel Elementary apparel and will be eligible for prizes.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Rebecca Edler, left, sustainability coordinator for the College of Menominee Nation, shows a cob with dark red and purple kernels to Jamie Patton, northeast regional outreach specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension office, during a harvest of corn that took place Friday at the college’s Sustainability Development Institute. Many of the healthier cobs had a variety of colors.

It’s harvest season in Wisconsin, and for those farmers that grow corn, there is a lot of golden color waiting to be discovered underneath the husks.

Volunteers and staff at the College of Menominee Nation found some of that gold as they harvested some of the corn at the Sustainable Development Institute but the Bear Island Flint corn had more red, orange, blue and purple tints to it. Some cobs had multiple colors, and even some of the individual kernels had more than one color.

The corn harvested from the SDI is for more than human consumption. It is the second harvest in a multi-year research project the college is engaging in through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


2 Bowler students going to AMVETS conference

Bowler High School students Skye Breitrick and McKayla Putnam will be participating in the AMVETS Spirit of America Program from Nov. 1-4 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Each year, students in Patrick Curran’s social studies class participate in a local veterans organization’s essay contest. Students submit their essays in the fall and await the results. Both Breitrick and Putnam advanced to the national level and, as a reward, are going on an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since 1987, AMVETS and the AMVETS National Service Foundation have offered this unique educational experience at the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge to give young people a better appreciation of their freedoms granted by the U.S. Constitution.


Menominee Indian School District gets literacy grant

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded $23,500 in youth literacy grants last month to Wisconsin schools and nonprofit organizations. The Menominee Indian School District received a $2,000 grant.

The youth literacy grants will provide financial funding to teachers, libraries and literacy organizations to support a successful academic year throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to be an ardent supporter of schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer.

Vasos said that, since its inception in 1993, the foundation has partnered with thousands of organizations, awarding more than $159 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy groups to help increase literacy skills for individuals of all ages.



Two Pulaski teachers are playing important roles in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s State Honors Music Project (WSMA), program manager Victoria Donahue said.

Pulaski Community Middle School (PCMS) band teacher Tim Kozlovsky is operations manager for the second straight year and has served in other roles previously. Choir teacher Amy Wright is the accompanist for the WSMA school mixed choir.

While they are giving their expertise to talented state high schools musicians, the duo says they, too, get much back in the process. That, in turn, benefits PCMS students.

Donahue described Koslowsky’s role in the program.


CMN installing new president in October

October events of the College of Menominee Nation CMN) will range from a formal installation ceremony for CMN’s new president to a day of behind-the-scenes tours to show all that goes on at the college’s Keshena campus.

The public is invited to attend both events, as well as the CMN Board of Trustees annual meeting, which is planned in conjunction with the celebrations.

College trustees will conduct a formal ceremony of investiture for President Dr. Paul Trebian in the Five Clans Ballroom of the Menominee Casino Resort Convention Center at 10 a.m. Oct. 12, N277 State Highway 47-55, Keshena. Veterans of the Menominee Nation Color Guard will lead the procession of CMN faculty, delegates from other academic institutions, representatives of Wisconsin tribes and special guests.


Nominees sought for Kohl education awards

Nominations are being accepted for 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship and Principal Leadership awards. Awards are $6,000, with an additional $6,000 grant going to the school of each selected teacher and principal.

Nominations of Wisconsin teachers and principals for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade can be submitted online at Deadline is Oct. 8.

Established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation awards 100 fellowship and 16 leadership awards annually from among applicants throughout the state.

Teachers or principals must be nominated by a parent, student, other teacher, community member or school administrator. To be eligible, Wisconsin teachers and principals must plan to continue in their current capacity for at least one year.


Bonduel Elementary plans free clothing swap

Following the theme “Give What You Can, Take What You Need,” the Bonduel Elementary School will host its fourth annual Free Clothing Swap on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bonduel Elementary Cafeteria.

Families are asked to donate used or outgrown clothing to the event. Donations are voluntary, but all donated items must be in good condition and sorted by size. Items that are free of rips, holes and stains can be dropped off in the Bonduel Elementary School office from Oct. 1-12.

Donations are sought of shirts, pants and jeans, skirts and dresses, leggings, sweats, winter jackets, snowpants, winter boots, sneakers, gym shoes and specialty sports shoes — such as wrestling shoes, basketball shoes, sports cleats, etc. Items that will not be accepted include any non-clothing items, swimsuits, hair accessories, ripped or stained clothing, socks and/or underwear, unless brand new and still in original packaging.




NEW Media chatted with Bill Hass, who was recently hired by the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District to fill the Birnamwood Elementary/Middle School principal position. He replaces Guy Steckbauer, who held that job for 17 years before accepting an elementary principal position in the Tomahawk School District.

Q: What is your work/educational background?

A: I have a teaching degree for physical education, history and driver’s education. I have a master’s in education and a principal licensure. I have taught in all three of my areas of my degree, coached football, basketball, baseball and golf. I have been an athletic director, JPTA (Job Training Partnership Act) coordinator, summer school disciplinarian and high school principal.

Q: Where are you from?


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