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Rush for Education T-Shirt Winner Named

Congratulations to Wauwatosa East High School student Katie Williams, winner of the 2019 Rush for Education T-Shirt design contest.


Black&White Benefit Brings in $34,000 


Almost $71,000 in grant money awarded to Tosa teachers

The Education Foundation of Wauwatosa has awarded grants totaling $70,992.77 for the 2018-19 school year to fund the following 12 projects:

Let’s Read! Lisons! Lesen wir! Leemos! - $5,700.00

Whitman and Longfellow Middle Schools - Cindy Anderson and Laura Nemetz

Currently the World Language Programs in both middle schools have a very limited number of books, often leading to teacher using their personal selections to enrich current curriculum.  The Let’s Read grant gives all World Language students improved access to authentic and varied reading materials in the target languages.


Creating Equitable Learning Experiences by Engaging ALL Students in STEM Learning and Opportunities - $7,552.83

Jefferson Elementary School - Nadine Whalen and Jennifer Schultz

Using Google Cardboard, Coding Robots and Design Challenge Materials to provide all students with opportunities to practice and refine problem solving, collaboration, reflection and discourse skills while engaging in high-level STEM learning experiences.


Mindfulness Through Music - $1,700.00

Eisenhower and Underwood Elementary Schools - Shannon Pahlicek

To enhance the Mind Up curriculum provided by the Wauwatosa School District, the Mindful Music Moments program will utilize the current loudspeaker systems to broadcast the prompts and excerpts, allowing students to practice mindful behaviors in the classroom. Mindfulness practices have demonstrated increase in emotional regulation and academic performance, enriching the educational experience for all students in the schools.


Q-Ball - $2,820.30

McKinley Elementary School - Tracy Loechler and Paige Brown

Q-Ball, an interactive audio enhancement tool for the classroom setting, will provide teachers a fun and innovative way to capture student attention, spark curiosity and increase participation and student engagement.


1,2,3 Math Exploration Through Purposeful Play - $2,900.00

Lincoln, Underwood, and McKinley - Sue Gaudynski and Elizabeth Poetsch

JK Classrooms in three Wauwatosa Elementary schools will receive tools to supplement the new math curriculum implemented this year, Engage New York.  Measurement, equivalency, balance, special awareness, conservation, and logical classification concepts will all be taught using the new math materials provided by the EFW, including building materials, nesting dolls, geometric shapes, and coding games.


Light the Lights: Enhancing the Student Experience in the Theatre Classroom & Beyond - $24,242.90

Wauwatosa West High School - Adam Steffan

Eight LED wash lighting fixtures, cables and supplemental equipment will allow students to implement a small scale “light lab” and to experiment with a variety of design concepts. The LED fixtures allow students to work hands on with 21st century technology and put STEAM classroom concepts to use in a setting impacting thousands of people coming into the Tosa West Theatre for school functions and district events.


Jacob’s Ladder - $1,393.97

McKinley - Mary Pawasarat and Amy Duchac

Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension program will be used to supplement existing reading material.  Advanced learners now will have the ability to enhance reading comprehension through rigorous texts and higher order thinking skills practice.


Bee Bop: Let’s Code - $6,610.82

McKinley - Elizabeth Mottet and Steve Sperl

Fundamentals of coding will be taught to kindergarten classes using Blue-Bot technology.  Students will learn basic steps of how a computer and programming language work together by using code to navigate a basic robot over mats with number lines, colors, dice or other visuals.


Regulated and Ready to Learn - $2,995.61

Madison Elementary - Brittany Moen

All grade levels at Madison Elementary school will receive access to a variety of tools to aid in sensory, social/emotional, and self-regulation development, including weighted blankets, books, noise-canceling headphones and sensory relief equipment.


Math Counts Literacy Library - $4,378.23

Lincoln, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Wilson, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Underwood, and Washington - Linda Landis and Janette Wenzel

Elementary schools in the district will have new math literacy books to supplement the current math curriculum.  Picture books reinforcing skills and concepts taught in each lesson will both enhance math libraries across the district and also engage parents both in and outside the kindergarten classroom.


Cultivating Student Success Through Mind and Motor Learning Experience - $2,973.11

Washington Elementary - Beth Kimmel and Mary McElwee

JK, SK and 1st grade elementary students will have frequent access to Motor Labs within Washington Elementary School designed to develop the foundational motor skills critical to academic success.  The Ready Body, Learning Minds set of lesson plans will be implemented using tools such as balance beams, fitness steps and resistance tunnels.


Changing the Face of Fitness - $7,725.00

Longfellow - Nancy Braidigan and Ed Raue

To enhance the Wisconsin educational goals of offering a variety of physical activities for maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and activities that can be pursued in the community, as well as the school, Longfellow Middle School will now have a TRX station.  Twenty commercial suspension trainers will be available to students and teachers both within the physical education curriculum and outside of classroom instruction time.


Annual Dinner, Auction Raises $40,000

The Black & White Benefit takes teamwork and countless volunteer hours to make happen. Many thank-yous to this year's volunteers and planning committee from the EFW Board of Directors.

Thanks also to those who donated items to our silent and live auctions and to our event partners and sponsors including auctioneer Jenny Gehl and her team of spotters from Bravo Benefit Auctions and Consulting Group, Mark and his team of video photogs and editors from Concannon Communications, Sound By DesignCrowne Plaza Milwaukee West, school district dad CBS 58 Chief Meteorologist Drew Burgoyne who hosted the night, Tosa East orchestra students, Tosa Pediatrics, WaterStone BankBowleroFirefly Real Estate, Baker Tilly, Beauty Mark Salon, Davis&Kuelthau, the Donovan Group, Jim Phillips LLC, Teofilo & Co, U-Turn and SportClips, along with the parent groups from Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Longfellow, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Tosa West, Washington, Wauwatosa Montessori, Whitman and Wilson schools.


T-shirt Design Contest Winner Named


Wauwatosa East High School senior Carmen Prantil's octopus design received the most public votes and is the winner of the Education Foundation of Wisconsin (EFW) 2018 Walk/Run T-shirt design contest. Prantil's design will adorn the official event shirt.

The contest was open to middle and high school students; 16 designs were submitted. Of the 16, six entries were named finalists and put out to public vote. More than 4,400 votes were cast over a two-week period.

The 2018 EFW Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m. May 5 at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Warm-ups begin at 8:15 a.m. The winning design will be printed on event posters and on more than 2,200 shirts.

Interested partipants may register for the EFW Walk/Run now through April 4 online through the Tosa Rec website. Information will also be distribututed at school.