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Stratford nabs grant

Stratford School District is one of 10 Wisconsin school districts and education agencies to receive a financial literacy grant from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

The following is a list of grant winners: Beloit School District, $10,000; CESA 3, $29,229; CESA 11, $30,000; Chippewa Falls Area Unifi ed School District, $10,000; Lake Geneva Jt 1 School District, $2,675, Milwaukee Public Schools, $30,000; Rib Lake School District, $10,000; Southern Door County School District, $10,000; Stratford School District, $2,102 and Twin Lakes No. 4 School District, $9,000.

“These grants will help thousands of students broaden their personal financial knowledge and become better prepared to make sound financial decisions as adults,” said DFI secretary Kathy Blumenfeld. “Financial literacy is an important life skill that helps students take control of their financial future. This program reinforces our continued commitment to educating Wisconsin’s K-12 students about personal financial matters.”

Funded by DFI, the Financial Literacy Innovation Grant Program was open to Wisconsin’s K-12 public and private schools and is a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, DFI and DPI. The grants are designed to help teachers adopt and implement Wisconsin’s standards on personal financial literacy in their classrooms and in partnership with their communities.

State superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor adopted new personal financial literacy standards earlier this year. The standards are intended to help schools and educators at all grade levels to develop programs that provide the knowledge and skills to establish sound financial habits.

“Thank you to our educators for taking the time to craft applications aimed at helping their students learn financial literacy,” Taylor said. “This collaborative grant program is yet another resource and benefit to educators looking to implement essential financial courses into their programming aligned with the new state standards.”

DPI conducted the initial review of the 28 applicants from throughout the state, and then the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy made the final recommendations. The grant program is designed to support the efforts of individual teachers and school districts to begin innovative and sustainable financial literacy programs and events, with a specific emphasis on student loan debt.

College notes

UW-Oshkosh has named Stratford students to its 2020 spring dean’s list and honor roll.

The following college students were awarded to the dean’s list: senior Drew Oertel and juniors Anthony Feiter, Kendra Kramer and Taya Nett.

College students named to the honor roll are senior Emily Schoenfuss, sophomores McKenzie Ford and Brooke Grell and freshman Trevor Steiner.

The term GPA requirement for university honor roll is 3.3; the term GPA requirement for dean’s list is 3.75.

Blood donation

Blood drives will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 25 and Oct. 27, at the VFW Clubhouse.

People are encouraged to walk in the door of the VFW Clubhouse to donate blood.

Preschool starting

St. Joseph Catholic School in Stratford is beginning a new preschool learning center, which will provide a playbased learning environment, for children ages three and four during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Parents with children who’ll be three years old by Sept. 1 should call St. Joseph Catholic School at 715-687-4145 to learn more about this new program and how they can enroll their children into the new preschool learning center. Children need to be potty trained to participate.

Library item pickup

The Marathon County Public Library Stratford Branch is offering curbside pickup of materials.

Library patrons must call the Stratford library at 715-687-4420 during its hours of operation from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and also from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesdays to request items and schedule a pickup time, and then arrive at the agreed upon pickup time.

Anyone wanting more information on curbside dropoff should visit or call 715-261-7200.