Eight projects receive 2017 ‘Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin’ awards

From the Department of Public Instruction 

Eight projects are winners of the 2017 Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries, and Communities Award. Presented each year to nominated projects that “demonstrate the great potential and collaborative spirit of rural Wisconsin,” this year’s recipients join 105 exemplary programs recognized since 2005.

“The only way our rural communities can thrive is through intentional support and recognition of their importance to all of Wisconsin,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Those who have worked on projects receiving this year’s rural awards demonstrate that support and the collaborative spirit that makes positive things happen for kids and communities. Their efforts make our rural communities vibrant places for children to learn.”

Nominated by education and library professionals, the 2017 award winning programs are recognized during the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Conference. The programs are:

  • Crivitz and Wausaukee School Districts, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and River Cities Habitat for Humanity Tiny House Partnership;
  • Weston Dairy Sheep Project in Cazenovia;
  • Arts Integration Menomonie;
  • HomeMAKER Boxes in Nekoosa;
  • Vilas County Economic Development Corporation: Business Entrepreneurship, Broadband Expansion, and Fab Lab in Eagle River;
  • Spooner High School Aviation Club;
  • The Vinery: An Outdoor Space that Celebrates Creativity and Learning in Winter; and
  • Sugar River Sugar Bush in Albany.

The awards program begins at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 31, at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. Click here for additional information about each project.