How do people in Wisconsin’s rural areas make amazing things happen for students and adults?
A common thought offered in several new, short video profiles is that it can start with a creative idea and the courage to just give it a try.
“Until you reach out, you really don’t know what you’re missing.” says Glenda Butterfield-Boldig, principal of the only school in the White Lake School District.
“You don’t realize the resources that are available in your communities -- even small, rural communities.”
White Lake was one of eight programs which won Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin awards in November.
The Department of Public Instruction created eight videos, ranging one to three minutes long, featuring representatives of each program.
Check out the videos to learn how partnerships:
- created a day camp for rural kids in the Pecatonica School District to match those in urban and suburban areas,
- increased internet bandwidth in the Denmark area,
- revitalized a school forest in the Mishicot School District,
- connect students with industry and help to build a “community of choice” in Southwestern Wisconsin for these future adults,
- are helping young adults with disabilities in the Marshfield area to gain independence,
- created prairies in New Richmond for the environment, the community, and students in agriscience and environmental education,
- maintain a watershed education initiative at Northern Waters Environmental School, and
- organized a centennial celebration in White Lake.