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The Wausau School District, once again, kicked off American Education Week with its annual Friends of Education Awards Breakfast.  Awards were presented by Interim Superintendent, Mike Schwei and President of the Board of Education, Lance Trollop.  To view the program, click here.

*--Denotes Winner

Sue Engel, *Jamie Bootz, Lance Trollop

For seven years of being a positive influence and showing unceasing dedication to volunteerism while running the Horace Mann book fair.

Jennifer Gabriel, *Rosalie Doering, Mike Schwei

For being an asset to the Grant Elementary School community through the PTO, volunteering in classrooms and for Blessings in a Backpack and serving as a Title I Representative.

Polly LaMontagne (accepting posthumous award for *Phyllis Henry), Lance Trollop

For many years of volunteer service in District libraries and being a valuable resource to not only students but staff as well.

Dawn Jameson, *Bruce Iattoni, Mike Schwei

For four years of volunteering in Wausau West’s Personal Financial Management Class and allowing Accounting IV students into his office to complete practicum assignments.

Jill Ebersold, Carrie Helke, Meaghan Lauer, *Sherri Messerschmidt, Lance Trollop

For years of volunteering in Thomas Jefferson’s 2nd grade classes, reading with individual students and helping teachers with anything they need.

Brad Peck, *Jim Nick, Mike Scwei

For showing compassion to homeless students, leading the way to provide basic needs, including food, personal hygiene and clothing, for countless students living in poverty.

Jeff Lindell, Michelle Mertes, *Margaret P'ng, Lance Trollop

For implementing the Blessings in a Backpack Program and ensuring food needs for approximately 450 students every weekend.

Andy Place, *Amy Reif, Mike Schwei

For 13 years of volunteering to plan, coordinate, staff and manage Riverview Elementary’s bi-annual book fair.

Patrick Galligan (accepting on behalf of *Jason & Jessica Samz), Lance Trollop

For being instrumental to the Wausau West Girl’s Basketball program through coaching and volunteerism.

Jennifer Gabriel, *Patrick Thompson, Mike Schwei

For going above and beyond as a community member, volunteering for the Grant Elementary PTO, at book fairs, winter dances and staff appreciation meals.

Sue Engel, *Lynn Woehlert, Lance Trollop

For three years of volunteering for the Horace Mann Middle School book fairs,
ensuring their continued success through her dedication.

Two Special Service Awards were given at the breakfast.  Special Service awards are presented to groups/businesses for continued outstanding service to our students and schools.

Maine FD
Marie Northup, *Maine Fire Department--Scott Prochnow, Jeremy Bozinski, Joe Bozinski, Mike Schwei

Jeb Steckbauer (accepting on behalf of *Trig's and Lora Hellberg), Lance Trollop

One Encore Award was presented at the breakfast.  Encore Awards are presented to retired Wausau School District employees who have returned to our schools to provide outstanding volunteer service.

Polly Hirn, *Peg Bestul, Mike Schwei

Congratulations to all the award winners.  What a great way to start American Education Week!

Posted by rhagedor  On Nov 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM
On April 5, 2017, United Way's RSVP Program honored its volunteers.  The event is the same week at Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service (April 4, 2017). Many of these folks volunteer in the Wausau School District.  We were thrilled to see them honored. The event had a couple of high profile guests, Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke and Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger.

The following is a list of volunteers who were honored from the Wausau School District with special annotations (defined followed the list). Congratulations and thanks to them and all RSVP volunteers.

Richard Beier
Mary Borchardt*
John DeLaporte*#
Mary Forsberg
Jane Gajda**
Virginia Grasse**#
Debra Horner
Lorraine Hornung*#
Mary Beth Maas
Susie Miller
Sue Nowak
Cindy Owen*
Fred Pasnecker#
Arlene Paulson
Margie Pempek
Sharon Petrie*#
Cathy Schepp*
Carla Wheeler

Bronze Award=* Silver Award=** 5 Years Service=#

Here is the invitation from the event along with a picture of the crowd and parts of the Luncheon's program.

RSVP Invitation
RSVP Luncheon Crowd
Program 1
Program 2
Program 3

Posted by rhagedor  On Apr 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Of course, we could argue for days over what "value" volunteer time holds.  We like to think of it as PRICELESS.

However, Independent Sector does come up with a value for volunteer time.  In Wisconsin (for 2015), the value of volunteering is $22.48/hour.

The number is based on the hourly earnings (approximated from yearly values) of all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls averaged (based on yearly earnings provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Independent Sector indexes this figure to determine state values and increases it by 12% to estimate for fringe benefits.

When we think about it this way, that means last school year, volunteers who recorded their hours, donated over $81,000 worth of time.  WOW!

As we approach the end of the calendar year, THANK YOU for all you do.  It takes a village and all our volunteers are important members.

**Here is some more information for the state of Wisconsin.
Posted by rhagedor  On Dec 07, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Some of you may have noticed volunteers who recently completed a criminal background check received criminal background check cards in the mail.  If you completed a criminal background check prior to this switch, you may be wondering if you need to complete a new background check so you can get one.  The answer is "No".

We started using a new processing firm that sends these cards as a courtesy to volunteers who complete a criminal background check.  It is just something the company does.  These cards mean nothing to the schools.  If you don't have one, you don't need one.

We keep track of volunteers via our online system and a spreadsheet of all checks.  This is what we use to see when a check was completed and if a volunteer has remained "active".  We define "active" as someone who has volunteered at least one time per school year with us since the check.

Please let your fellow volunteers know and if you have any questions, you should contact Roxane Hagedorn at rhagedor@wausauschools. org (preferred) or 715.261.0584.

Thank you for your dedication to volunteering with us!
Posted by rhagedor  On Dec 06, 2016 at 8:24 AM
To kick off American Education Week, the Wausau School District once again honored its outstanding volunteers at a special breakfast. Awards were presented by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Williams, and Board of Education President, Lance Trollop. To view the Program, Click Here.

*Denotes Award Winner

Robert Hughes, *Lt. Todd Baeten, Dr. Kathleen Williams

For volunteering his time to speak with high school students about their rights and responsibilities and creating a positive connection between police and students.

Charlene Kennebeck, Sarah Nienhuis, Kristen Hornby, Lance Trollop (Missing *Amy Cattanach)

For numerous contributions to the Wausau West Music Department, including assistance with costuming for the Master Singers, organizing and fitting dresses for Concert Chorale and chaperoning the Department’s trip to Nashville this past January.

Heidi Merkel, Lance Trollop (Missing *Lisa Gutknecht)

For ten years of dedicated and reliable volunteering in the Horace Mann library and math classroom, providing an invaluable service with her talents and skills for teachers, staff and students.

Michelle Mertes, *Sheryl Goetsch, Chris Nyman

For six years of going above and beyond to help struggling elementary readers at G.D. Jones and securing funding for the school from her employer based on her volunteer time.

Cindy Heiting, *Julie Kobin, Dr. Kathleen Williams

For her six year involvement at Hawthorn Hills, keeping students moving, serving as a representative on the District Title I Parent Involvement Committee, distributing Blessings in a Backpack bags and taking care of the school staff.

Meaghan Lauer, *Bernice Kohlman, Lance Trollop

For being a dedicated volunteer for over six years at Thomas Jefferson, coming in every week throughout the school year to pack Friday Folders, ensuring communication between the school and its families.

Lisa Larson, *Ruth Sazama, Beth Lind, Dr. Kathleen Williams

For working with John Muir students the past 13 years, organizing and teaching a variety of “camp” structures where students learn about tolerance and respect for diversity.

Grace Mikul, *Suzanne Schroeder, Lance Trollop

For valuable volunteer support at Stettin Elementary, in the classroom, PTO and art room, building meaningful relationships with students and providing guidance, correction and affirmation.

Zengler Mechlos Nocco
*Kurt Zengler, Dawn Jameson, Lance Trollop (Missing *Corey Mehlos and *Alec Nocco)

(Kurt Zengler) For volunteering over six years to assist the Mock Trial Team(s) (two years at Wausau West), helping establish a new team and mentoring students onto state competitions.

(Corey Mehlos) For volunteering to help the Wausau West Mock Trial Team advance onto State Competitions after only two years of being established and teaching students how the law works.

(Alec Nocco) For over six years of assisting the Mock Trial Team(s) (two years at Wausau West), helping establish a new team and mentoring students onto state competitions.

Congratulations to all of our Award winners!

Posted by rhagedor  On Nov 15, 2016 at 10:47 AM
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Posted by rhagedor  On Apr 28, 2016 at 10:08 AM
Many of our schools are finding special ways to thank volunteers this National Volunteer Week.

Rib Mountain Elementary created a bulletin board with a giant THANK YOU on it.  Each grade had a letter from the words "thank you" and signed their names.

What a great idea!  Thank you to our volunteers this week and every week.

Rib Mtn Thank You
Posted by rhagedor  On Apr 14, 2016 at 10:53 AM
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Presidential Proclamation -- National Volunteer Week, 2016

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Each day, humble people of every background and belief come together to fulfill the timeless responsibility we have as Americans:  to accept certain obligations to one another.  People of all ages can volunteer, and anyone can, through the smallest of acts, do their part to improve the lives of others. This week, we celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism, and we encourage more people to make service an integral part of their lives. 
In National Parks and public schools, food pantries and animal shelters, volunteers fan out in communities across America, devoted to a cause bigger than themselves.  In crisis and disaster, they offer not only goods and resources, but also understanding and sympathy to those desperate and distraught.  In underserved neighborhoods, they help cultivate hope and inspiration, rolling back poverty and roadblocks to opportunity.  Generations of these often unsung heroes -- driven by their conviction that we all have a stake in each other -- have lifted up those they know and those they do not, making our Nation and our world a better place. 
My Administration is dedicated to giving people more opportunities to serve.  I established a Task Force on Expanding National Service that supports the expansion of service and volunteer projects to address some of our Nation's highest priorities.  Through the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps have mobilized millions of Americans, sending them to areas in need of dedicated volunteers.  Under these programs, we have established campaigns that address specific needs in vulnerable communities, such as increasing access to college, improving STEM education, and preserving our environment.  I have also called on 200,000 Federal scientists and engineers to help mentor young people in STEM fields.  And in 2014, I launched the Employers of National Service initiative, connecting employers with AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni -- because often the most talented, tireless, and mission-driven employees are those who have given of themselves for the betterment of others.  In the time since, hundreds of employers have signed up to participate in this program. 
Volunteers help drive our country's progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility.  During National Volunteer Week, let us shed the cynicism that says one person cannot make a difference in the lives of others by embracing each of our individual responsibilities to serve and shape a brighter future for all. 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 10 through April 16, 2016, as National Volunteer Week.  I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.  To find a service opportunity nearby, visit www.Serve.gov.  

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. 



Posted by rhagedor  On Apr 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM
This is the week we celebrate Mayors and County Administrators Day of Recognition for National Service (April 5, 2016).

Yearly, United Way of Marathon County's RSVP Program honors its volunteers with an Appreciation Luncheon.  This year it was held at the Holiday Inn at Cedar Creek and it had record setting attendance!

We'd like to congratulate award winners that volunteer in Wausau School District schools.

Bronze Award Winners

Reese Aarthun
Marsha Alexander
John DeLaporte
Virginia Grasse
Terry Hanson
Marcia Innis
Margie Pempek
Sharon Petrie

Silver Award Winners

Jane Gajda
Maralee Moellendorf
Charles Schlitz
Carol Walkowski

RSVP Program

Mayor Tipple 
Mayor, Jim Tipple, saying a few words of thanks for all RSVP volunteers do for the community.

Brad Karger
County Administrator, Brad Karger, speaking to RSVP volunteers on importance of volunteerism.

Million Dollar Check
Brad Karger and Jim Tipple accept at Million Dollar-Plus check from United Way's RSVP Program. The figure is the value of all volunteer time contributed by RSVP volunteers in 2015.
Posted by rhagedor  On Apr 08, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Yes, it is December, even if it feels springlike at the moment, so we've decided we need your help to do some early "spring cleaning".

If no longer want to be considered for volunteer opportunities, please let us know by emailing Roxane Hagedorn at rhagedor@wausauschools.org so we can clean up our system.

If you do still want to be considered for volunteering, log into your online account at myvolunteerpage.com.  (If you've forgotten your username and/or password, just email Roxane and we can get that information to you and/or reset your password for you.)  Once logged in, double check you are seeing the school you want to volunteer at.  If not, again, let us know so we can change it to the school you prefer.

Enjoy the weather, enjoy the holidays and THANK YOU for your assistance.

Posted by rhagedor  On Dec 16, 2015 at 9:44 AM
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