From Our ReadersIssue Date: June 17, 2020
We would like to thank the administration, teachers, and staff of the Peshtigo School District for their dedication to the students of this community and their innovative approaches and flexibility in transitioning to virtual learning.
In a typical school year, our administrators guide and support the teachers and staff, the teachers educate the students, and the staff help make the school day run smoothly. Our bus drivers, crossing guards, and playground supervisors watch over children's safety before and after school. Our secretaries, custodians, kitchen staff, technology personnel, and maintenance team keep the buildings operating seamlessly every day and provide a safe, welcoming atmosphere. Our teachers provide high-quality education and care to students throughout the school day.
This, however, was an unconventional year for schools around the globe. While we started with traditional instruction, the district had to make a sudden shift to virtual learning for all students. In the midst of the concern for the health and safety of our students, school personnel, and families, the Peshtigo School District did an incredible job of adapting to the circumstances. Administrators communicated regular updates, reached out to families without in-home internet or computers, and coordinated the logistics of delivering free breakfast and lunch to families in need. Through it all, our teachers kept students engaged in learning new skills, provided virtual contact with classmates, and coached parents to help their children complete assignments.
Next year may provide similar challenges, but we are confident that our administrators, teachers, and staff will rise to the occasion and provide Peshtigo students with the first-rate education for which our district is known.
Peshtigo School District Board of Education
During this difficult time with COVID-19, racial injustices, lack of work hours, and much more; it is gift to receive a thank you text message from someone that was assisted by your local Society of St Vincent de Paul.
She has signed a release. She has the lived experience of being assisted by the Society of St Vincent de Paul. She knows the importance of our work to serve those in need in our community. She is aware that throughout the world, the Society of St Vincent de Paul is helping the vulnerable, the needy, the unemployed, the homeless, the re-entry citizens " all the world's marginalized due to poverty, race, gender or ethnicity. Please reflect on an excerpt from her text and soon to be released video message:
Honestly you all have been a link to the Lord that has helped us in so many ways. I don't go to church very much, but I am thankful for you all by our side. You pray for people like "us" [and treat us respectfully, never looking down on us or making us feel ashamed]. And truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!! Without you, we wouldn't have anyone praying on our side, or wishing healthy things on our end. You are true messengers from God and I hope you never give up your little willingness [to serve]!!!! Sometimes we forget about God, but you all prove that He is here every step of the way! So thank you for all of you that truly believe!!!
If you have been thinking about what to do with a portion of your $1200 CARES Act Stimulus, please consider donating to your local Society of St Vincent de Paul Conferences that serve those marginalized and needy in their respective communities in Niagara-Pembine, Oconto, Menominee MI, Marinette, Amberg-Wausaukee-Crivitz or to the SVdP Marinette District Pantry.
Jeanne M Harper,
Conference Secretary 2000-present
St Joseph Conference
"One of the challenges to economic development in rural parts of the state is the lack of quality, affordable housing. This is especially true in my district where we will need 1,000 more workers to fulfill billions in federal Navy shipbuilding contracts. The plan approved today will help deliver more housing capacity to rural communities throughout Wisconsin."
The Joint Committee on Finance approved the modified 2019-20 Dividends for Wisconsin Plan today. The plan authorizes the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) to spend $16.7 million in surplus revenues on various housing and economic development initiatives. Included in the plan was a set aside of $10 million for a Rural Workforce Housing Initiative.
The Rural Workforce Housing Initiative is a pilot initiative aimed at creating new and rehabilitating existing housing in rural areas of the state. It can be used for single and multifamily housing. It is also intended to maximize matching funds from state, federal, and private partners to make the $10 million go farther with shovel ready projects. The program is modeled after AB544, which passed the Assembly in February.
"Modern and affordable rural housing availability was an issue before the COVID-19 pandemic and it will be after. I am pleased to have worked with WHEDA and thank them for their efforts to make this a reality. I look forward to seeing its results throughout the state."
Rep. John Nygren
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