Chegwin Student Council recently held a penny drive benefitting the Fond du Lac Humane Society. Chegwin students donated a total of $189. Student Council then matched that total and rounded up to donate a grand total of $400 to the Humane Society. Renee Webb, Humane Society shelter manager, stopped by Chegwin and to receive the donation at a school assembly. Kneeling from left: Alea Anhalt, Alyssa Lisowe, Alyssa Giese, and Anna Riley. From second row left: Veronika Henning, Gael Hernandez-Ramirez, Colin Hamburg, Tou Lee, Gabriela Rivera, Chloe Thao, Natalie Malson, Ruby Riegert, and Renee Webb, shelter manager. Back row: Bryan Aviles, Caleb Guy, Shea Holvenstot, Jace Williston, Logan Kalmus-Halfmann, and Sandra Ceballos.
Marian U alumni earn state teaching awards
Two Marian University alumni recently received state honors as they were recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE).
Jordan Williams, a middle school mathematics teacher in the Oostburg School District, and a 2012 graduate of Marian University, received the Early Career Educator Award for being an outstanding educator within the first three years of his professional career.
During his years at Marian as a student, Williams excelled in the math program, served on the Math Council and developed a cross country running experience for students at Marian, a sport which has now been sanctioned by the university. He continues to be involved in coaching cross country in Oostburg School District and was the 2012 winner of the Fox Cities Marathon.
Donna Waldon, an elementary teacher at Waters Elementary School in the Fond du Lac School District, and a 1995 graduate of Marian University, received the Pre-Service Educator Mentor Award.
Waldon serves as a cooperating teacher for clinical and field experience students at Marian University.
The award recognizes her commitment to education as she models the qualities of professional responsibility, caring and dedication.
Both Williams and Waldon were recommended for the awards by the faculty of the Teacher Education Program at Marian University.
May 21: Creative writing in our natural world at UW-Fond du Lac
Dr. Mary Linton, a seasoned poet, will give a program on writing poetry about our natural world on Wednesday, May 21.
This free and open to the public program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room UC114 at UW-Fond du Lac.
Program will begin with the natural world, move to haiku, and finish with longer poetry. Experienced naturalists and newcomers are welcome. Bring a notebook, favorite writing implement, and appropriate clothing for spending some time in the prairie and arboretum.
Ask William Butler Yeats or Mary Oliver and they will tell you that the Natural world and poetry go together like peanut butter and jelly, Wisconsin and a Friday fish fry.
Dr. Linton is a wetland ecologist, teacher and poet from Fort Atkinson, Wis. As far as she is concerned, a day mucking about a fertile wetland could not be better spent.
After spending time outdoors, we will return to the classroom for reflecting and writing about what we investigated.
Participants need no prior experience in ecology or writing to benefit from this program. All levels of expertise are encouraged to attend.
The program will run until 9 p.m. and participants can attend for as long as they want. UW-Fond du Lac is located at 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac. Come to the main entrance and follow the signs to the right.
Since 1991, 42 acres of native prairie and formal arboretum with several forest communities have been planted on the grounds of the UW Fond du Lac Campus.
The purpose is to restore native plant communities, create wildlife habitat, and provide educational opportunities.
For more information, call Connie Ramthun, education coordinator, at (920) 533-8939.
Alcohol awareness during graduation, prom discussed
As prom season begins and with graduation right around the corner, students, parents and other adults are reminded to prohibit underage alcohol use.
In collaboration with local school districts and law enforcement agencies, Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County and Healthy Fond du Lac County 2020 are promoting messages to create a safer environment for youth and prevent the dangers of underage drinking.
"It is our responsibility as adults to model behaviors that will keep our children safe and have discussions with our children that will prevent underage alcohol use," said Fond du Lac High School Principal Jon Wiltzius, member of Drug Free Communities, in a press release.
Local law enforcement agencies in the county will be out in force during prom and graduation season targeting underage drinkers through stepped-up patrols, alcohol retailer compliance checks, and watching for and charging parents and other adults who provide alcohol to teens.
Multiple municipalities in the county have adopted social host ordinances, which hold adults responsible who knowingly allow underage alcohol use on their private property. Communities include Fond du Lac and the villages of North Fond du Lac, Rosendale, Oakfield and Campbellsport, as well as Fond du Lac County.
Underage drinking can be reported by calling Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Tipline at (920) 926-4777.
Parents and guardians can also take reasonable steps to prevent underage drinking, even if not at home:
? Let children know that parties are not allowed.
? Have a neighbor or trusted friend check on the house.
? Lock up and remove alcohol from the home.
According to the annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug and Health Experience survey of Fond du Lac County youth, three out of five students report alcohol being very/fairly easy to access.
More information is available at drugfreefdl. com or by calling (920) 906-6700, ext. 4704.