The Sparta Area School District has partnered with the Department of Defense to host a STEM camp for students in military-connected schools, WLAX-TV reports.
Sparta is the only school district in the state taking part in the STEMKAMP program, which is funded by the military and offered to 10 schools across the country.
“Military kids move every two to three years, and so there’s a lot of gaps in their education, Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren told the TV station. “Sometimes they miss out on some of the fun because they’re moving.”
Art students planned the project and were assisted by artist-in-residence Connie Greany of Legacy Murals, according to the TV station. One side features the logo of “Sources of Strength,” a youth mental health program.
Principal Brian Wunderlich said, “I think it will be a good reminder to our kids of all of the work that they did to overcome and the things that they either relied on friends or relied on teachers or relied on their parents, and that there is hope that they can kind of overcome anything if they use the resources around them to do so.”
A second-grade class at Oconto Elementary School wrote and illustrated a book about spreading kindness that has been recognized by a publishing company, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Caroline Laurin-Young’s class researched, wrote and illustrated their book, “Sprinkling Kindness,” which was one of 50 finalists in the 2020-21 National Book Challenge hosted by Studentreasures Publishing.
“This book project was just one of the many activities our class did when celebrating Kindness Week in the Fall,” Laurin-Young told the newspaper. “That week had such an impact on the class, that we continued doing Acts of Kindness throughout the year.”
Racine students are working with community partners to protect the Lake Michigan shoreline, FOX6 reports.
Janell Decker, RUSD executive director of curriculum and instruction, told the TV station the goal is for students to not just to learn what they can do to protect the shoreline, but also the promising futures that can rise from one of our greatest resources.
“The careers and the planning and how many pieces of our community infrastructure is attached to our lake,” Decker said.
A Bloomer High School family and consumer sciences/health teacher has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist by a national organization, according to a UW-Stout article.
Charlene Kelley says she enjoys teaching life skills.
“Everything I teach is practical,” Kelley told UW-Stout. “They will be able to use it every day. It’s one thing to choose to buy food that is already premade or to eat in a restaurant, but I want them to have a choice and have the skills to make a meal at home. It is practical knowledge I know they are going to use in their future.”
Eleventh grader Madelyn Davis, a student at Wildlands Science Research School, researched and created a project about Vel Phillips, the first African American woman to graduate from the UW–Madison law school. Davis’ work is one of 51 nationwide featured in a Smithsonian online showcase.
Davis told the newspaper she was looking for a Wisconsinite who made a difference in civil rights through nonviolence.
“I was interested in Vel Phillips because she worked tirelessly to change the living conditions for Blacks living in the Inner Core in Milwaukee,” Davis said. “Vel Phillips used peaceful protests and her platform as a council member to change rights for Blacks in Milwaukee for future generations.”
Wildlands Science Research School is a charter school authorized by the Augusta Area School District.
The program is a partnership between Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the Luxemburg–Casco School District and local businesses.
“It really is meeting an industry need by doing something creative,” Superintendent Glenn Schlender told the TV station. “This is the first ever program in cooperation with a technical college, where kids can earn a technical diploma in diesel shop mechanics, along with their high school diploma.”