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

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. One of this year’s winning projects is the River Cities Habitat for Humanity Tiny House Partnership that includes the Crivitz and Wausaukee School Districts and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

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Nine Wisconsin schools earn national Blue Ribbon honor

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated nine Wisconsin elementary schools that were among 342 schools nationwide named to the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program by the U.S. Department of Education. To be considered for the program, public schools must be among the top schools in the state for overall achievement on statewide assessments or closing achievement gaps between student groups.

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2017 Green Ribbon School award recipients announced

The two state public schools — Houlton Elementary School in the Hudson School District and Kromrey Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District — are among only 45 schools recognized nationwide as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Additionally, the Washburn School District was among only nine nationwide to receive the District Sustainability Award, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was one of nine institutions that received a Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

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‘It Can Wait’ program highlights the dangers of distracted driving

The It Can Wait campaign is a free program you can bring to your high schools to help educate students on the dangers of distracted driving and encourage them to take the pledge to keep their eyes on the road and not their phones. The campaign is a partnership between the Wisconsin State Patrol, AT&T, and AAA to hold events at high schools across the state to drive home the dangers of distracted driving. During these assemblies, students watch an AT&T video called “The Last Text” about lives altered by someone’s decision to text and drive.

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