Sgt. Andrew Wallace fund awards grants to Ripon schools - April 18 2013

RIPON, WI - Two education programs will receive funding this spring thanks to grants from the Sgt. Andrew Wallace Donor Advised Fund.

The Ripon High School Science Department will receive a $1,882 grant for new field testing and lab equipment and Ripon Middle School will receive $2,000 for an online literacy program to serve struggling readers.

Photo caption: From left are Ripon Middle School Principal Tom Hohl teacher Jeanne Hall; teacher Barb Korneli-Krueger; Janie Brockman; Dan Kelm; Principal Dan Tjernagel; and Cheryl Fowler of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Photo Courtesy of the Ripon Commonwealth Press

The grants were awarded on April 15 during a presentation at Ripon High School.

"We are very excited to receive the support of the Sgt. Andrew Wallace Donor Advised Fund, and to be able to offer these additional opportunities to our students," says Dan Tjernagel, principal at Ripon High School.

This is the second year grants have been awarded from the fund, which was created in honor of Sgt. Andrew Wallace who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Sept. 26, 2005, during a tour of duty overseas with the Army National Guard. Wallace, who was 25 and had recently married before his death, was a physical education teacher at Emmeline Cook Elementary School in Oshkosh as well as having taught adaptive physical education to students at all levels.

"Andrew had to work harder in the areas of science and reading, so we know that he would want to allow children to have the most tools available to them to excel, to be the best they can be," says Joel Brockman, Andrew's stepfather.

Joel and Janie Brockman, of Ripon, were inspired to start a scholarship fund in Andrew's honor shortly after his passing. Each spring, the Sgt. Andrew Wallace Scholarship is awarded to two local high school students who have plans to enter the education field. The first recipient of the scholarship, Megan Berndt has fulfilled her dream and the intent of the scholarship by becoming a special education teacher in Deforest, Wis. With the scholarship fund in place, the Brockmans wanted to do even more to keep their son's memory alive. They started the donor advised fund last year to support causes Andrew was passionate about, namely education.

"Andrew often used his own money to enhance his classroom budget when he was a teacher, and budgets are even tighter now. I know he would support helping a teacher expand their classroom budget," says Joel Brockman.

The public is invited to honor Sgt. Andrew Wallace and support the scholarship and donor advised funds that bear his name during a brat fry from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. Friday, April 26, at Ripon Pick 'n' Save, 1188 W. Fond du Lac St. For more information or to place orders, please call 920-748-2583.

For those who can not attend the fundraiser, tax-deductible gifts to the Sgt. Andrew Wallace scholarship and donor advised funds can be made by calling 920-426-3993, or by mail to:
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
230 Ohio Street, Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54902

People can also donate online to the Sgt. Andrew Wallace Donor Advised Fund and the Sgt. Andrew Wallace Scholarship Fund.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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