Community supports its graduates|
|As Antigo High School seniors walked across the stage and received thier diplomas on June 2, they may not have realized what a key role individuals and local community organizations played in their journey.|
According to Mary Jo Filbrandt, director of business service, the generosity of school district members has contributed greatly to student education and in some cases has blunted the effects of years and years of state-mandated budget reductions.
“Although $1 million in reductions were made in next year’s budget, the overwhelming generosity of our community and taxpayers has greatly helped the schools sustain many programs,” Filbrandt said.
On an athletic and co-curricular basis, booster clubs contribute a significant portion of the co-curricular activities budget to support the different sports and activities, Filbrandt said. Uniforms, travel to tournaments and competitions, equipment and supplies are all being funded by the clubs. The David Brandt Football League, the girls’ hockey program and, most recently, the high school swim team are completely funded by their respective clubs. A local business owner donated matching funds for co-curricular clubs that have matching fund-raisers for specific projects.
Local foundations, including the Community Health Foundation, Remington Foundation and the Sheldon Foundation all have provided significant financial support ranging from mini-grants to enhance health and wellness activities for students to larger grants which support the Antigo High School Fitness Trail and Aquatic Center operations and maintenance.
The list of projects completed by community funding over the years is remarkable, Filbrandt said.
During the last 20 years, the Volm Theater and Sheldon Fieldhouse were the first in a series of large donations to support the development of facilities for school and community activities. This was followed by several community-funded projects including the Listle Field with the track and soccer field, the Elleson Tennis Courts, the Wirz Family Greenhouse, the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center and the newly added Sheldon Sprayground, the Gridiron Club’s concession stand and locker rooms, the High School fitness trail and the Middle School weight room.
All the elementary parent teacher organizations have had a significant impact with helping enhance their schools from financial support to volunteering their time such as playground equipment, field trips, instructional supplies and equipment, and much more.
The school district often receives anonymous donations for programs such as art, the Fill-a-Back Pack Program and Rube Goldberg to name a few, she added.
Equipment and funds are continually being provided by other agencies including Langlade Hospital’s donation of a generator, the Civic Music Association and personal donations to enhance and improve the Volm Theater equipment.
Several memorials make an impact in the school district as well like the multitude of scholarships awarded to seniors and donations for co-curricular clubs and programs, Filbrandt said. Grants from vendors have also been provided by Walmart and Cellcom. Various businesses and manufacturing companies donate equipment and materials for the technical education department and maintenance.
“Above all, there are daily donations of time and materials by parents, grandparents, and volunteers throughout our schools,” Filbrandt said. “Our students and community are extremely fortunate to be the recipients of such a generous community.”
Seniors line up to receive their diplomas in the Sheldon Fieldhouse on June 2. Few, if any, of the graduates likely realized the scope of community support of education.
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