Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Award
Camp Pecatonica Receives State Award
Posted on 11/15/2016
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Eight projects received the 2016 Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries, and Communities Award during a program and reception Nov. 9 in Stevens Point. Presented each year to nominated projects that “demonstrate the great potential and collaborative spirit of rural Wisconsin,” this year’s recipients join 97 exemplary programs recognized since 2005. “Wisconsin’s rural heritage is held together by the people who work to support children through strong schools, libraries, and communities,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “The individuals and organizations that we recognize for Rural Awards demonstrate the great potential and collaborative spirit of our state’s rural communities.” Nominated by education and library professionals, the 2016 award winning programs were recognized during the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance conference (Nov. 9-10). The programs are:
• Career Education Cooperative
• New Richmond High School Agriscience Program and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Prairie Plug Project
• M.E.C.C.A. Trail Revitalization
• Northern Waters Environmental School Watershed Initiative
• Camp Pecatonica
• Denmark Rural Fiber Bandwidth Initiative
• Project SEARCH
• Centennial Celebration

Information about Camp Pecatonica project:

A need was identified for daycare options, particularly in the summer, for Pecatonica Area School District students. Camp Pecatonica, a summer camp, provides a childcare option for parents that is affordable, safe, and educational for their children ages 4 through 11. Children are in a structured play environment that includes field trips and learning experiences through local organizations and local expertise. The camp starts the week after school lets out for the summer and continues until the end of August. Community collaboration is instrumental to the affordability and viability of the school district run camp that is headquartered at New Hope Lutheran Church. The Village of Blanchardville opens group membership for campers to swim in the McKellar Park pool; Circle M Farm Market provides healthy snacks, field trips, and educational programs at their local farm; and the Village of Blanchardville’s Public Library and Women’s Club offer different programming to the campers that is supervised by the Women’s Club volunteers.

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