|Celebrate Education awards $18,600 in grants - March 17 2010
Local teachers and education advocates were honored Monday at the sixth annual Celebrate Education awards. Presented by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis and Wisconsin Public Service, Celebrate Education awarded over $18,600 in grants to local teachers.
Celebrate Education Grants
Celebrate Education Grants assist teachers in bringing new and innovative programs to their classrooms. These grants are presented by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis. Among the teachers receiving grant awards:
The Rudoy Awards for teaching excellence were established in 1997 by Ed and Belle Rudoy. This year's awards honored area high school teachers with a grant for professional development or a creative classroom learning opportunity. Among the teachers receiving grant awards:
Educational Leadership Award
The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Educational Leadership Award is presented to an individual or business demonstrating a long-term commitment to education. This year, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce honored Ann Padley, Choice Bank Director of Communication Services.
"Ann is a great example of how a young professional can share her skills and talents with our students and teachers," said John Casper, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. "We are especially thankful for her enthusiasm and her dedication in connecting with our schools to ensure students have a greater understanding of financial literacy."
Spirit of Education Award
The Oshkosh Area School District Spirit of Education Award is presented to an individual who provides exceptional service to the school and community, has a passion for learning, inspires others, and is a role model for school and community partnerships. This year, the Oshkosh Area School District honored Bill Van Lieshout, former teacher and tennis coach.
In presenting the award, Oshkosh Area School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Bette Lang said, "Bill, you are a role model for all of us. You see your work as one of service and as a cause beyond yourself. You are a community member who truly makes a difference."
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a non-profit 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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