Community invited to honor Oshkosh educators at Celebrate Education - March 14 2012

OSHKOSH, WI - The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation invites the community to join a celebration of innovation in the classroom during Celebrate Education 2012.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, 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. Reservations are required by noon March 16. Please register online or call the Community Foundation office at 920-426-3993.

More than $23,000 in grants will be awarded to 24 local educators, who along with other leaders and volunteers will be recognized for their innovative contributions to education in the Oshkosh area. Educators submitted more than $81,000 in classroom grant proposals to the Community Foundation.

Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers will be the featured speaker at Celebrate Education.

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

The following grants and awards will be presented:

Celebrate Education Grants
These grants assist teachers in bringing new and innovative programs to their classrooms. The 2012 Celebrate Education Grants are funded by the Oshkosh Community Education Fund and Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis.

  • Wanda Kern, Jefferson Elementary School
    Breathing Life Into Biographies

  • Jennifer Ruechel, Carl Traeger Elementary School
    Bundles of Books for Beginning Readers

  • Renee Bunge, Carl Traeger Middle School
    Science-Literacy Link

  • Ann Reise, Carl Traeger Middle School
    Lights, Camera, Action

  • Don Allen, Carl Traeger Middle School
    OASD Science TV: Sharing Science with the World Around Us

  • Jana Brayton Gaffney, Franklin Elementary School
    Summer Spectacular

  • Linda Colantonio, Jacob Shapiro Elementary School
    Nasty Ned Brings History to Life

  • Paul Smith, Merrill Middle School
    Peer Buddies

  • Jamie Johnson, Oakwood and Oaklawn Elementary Schools
    OASD Active Schools Pilot Project

  • Melissa Casper, Oshkosh West High School
    Teen Corp.

  • Kelly Spanbauer and Linda Geffers, Oshkosh West High School
    Memory Project

  • David Moehn, South Park Middle School
    Oshkosh Area School District Augmentative/ Alternative Communication Project

  • Karen Coats, St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School
    Plant and Insect Sprout and Grow Project

  • Amy Geffers, St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School
    The Cozy Corner

  • Beth Schulz, St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School
    Reading is the "Center" of Learning

  • Jane Eichhorn, Washington Elementary School/Oshkosh North High School
    Nature Nest - Outdoor Instructional Seating Area

  • Kelsey Guenther, Webster Stanley Elementary School
    Listen Up and Learn!

  • Teri Rucinsky, Webster Stanley Elementary School
    Geocaching with Kids

  • Rudoy Awards
    Each year, the Edward and Belle Rudoy Fund selects a winner from each middle school or high school submitting nominations to receive a grant for classroom supplies or professional development. The 2012 awards focus on high school teachers. The Rudoy Awards, established in 1996, aim to support teachers in their efforts to provide the best possible education for children.

  • Keith Dolan, Social Studies/AP U.S. History
    Oshkosh North High School

  • Dan Dunn, Business Education
    Oshkosh North High School

  • Daniel Singer, Band Teacher
    Oshkosh West High School

  • Nicole Peterson, Business/Marketing Teacher
    Oshkosh West High School

  • Sue Dolan. English Teacher
    Lourdes High School

  • Brian Davis, Science and Mathematics Teacher
    Valley Christian High School

  • For the first time in 2012, the Edward and Belle Rudoy Fund is awarding a $5,000 grant to a high school to benefit the whole school. Each high school in Oshkosh was invited to write a proposal. The recipient of the first Rudoy High School Award is:

  • Oshkosh North High School
    Project: Compact Portable Recording Studio

  • Educational Leadership Award
    John Petek 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.

    Petek, president of Marvel Manufacturing, is the business chairman of the Chamber's Partners in Education (PIE) Council.

    Chamber of Commerce officials describe Petek as driven to help schools gain a better understanding of what is needed in the local and regional workforce so that educators can share that information with students early and often in their school career. He also believes in greater partnerships between business and education.

    Spirit of Education Award
    The Miles Kimball Co. will receive the Oshkosh Area School District's Spirit of Education Award. The honor is presented to an individual or group 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.

    Energy Conservation and Sustainability Award
    The Oshkosh Area School District and its Director of Building and Grounds, Randy Johnston, will be presented with the first Energy Conservation and Sustainability Award from Wisconsin Public Service.

    The Energy Conservation and Sustainability Award recognizes the school district for significant reductions in energy consumption. Since 2009, the district has reduced electric usage by 21 percent and gas usage by 27 percent.

    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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