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WEA Trust's Grant Fuels Innovation in Wisconsin Schools

MADISON, Wisconsin – As part of the 3rd Annual Forward Together Award, WEA Trust awarded $3,000 grants to Anneke Thompson of Burlington School District, Robert Ferguson of Menominee Indian School District and Kathryn McKillip of Slinger School District to fund their cutting-edge school projects.Students pose with giant check

WEA Trust created the Forward Together Award in 2013 to recognize and reward innovation in Wisconsin’s schools. Over the past three years, WEA Trust has granted more than $25,000 to support individual educators’ school projects.

WEA Trust received a record 160 project proposals in January. The three winning projects will support school initiatives this spring:

  • Anneke Thompson of Burlington School District for a school business that sells and funds student-engineered projects

  • Robert Ferguson of Menominee Indian School District for incorporating a traditional medicine school garden into the science curriculum

  • Kathryn McKillip of Slinger School District for a student organization that breaks down barriers between students with a range of abilities.

“We were humbled by the vision, passion and drive of this year’s winners,” said Jon Klett, WEA Trust’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development. “We are proud to support such important projects. Although, I don’t envy the judges. They had a tough job this year.”

The project proposals were reviewed by a panel of judges made up of a past Forward Together Award winner and education experts from UW-Madison, the State Superintendent’s office and Wisconsin Association of Schools Boards.

The Forward Together Award is one of two grant programs WEA Trust founded to support Wisconsin public employees. The Local Spark Award is the sister program for Wisconsin municipalities that WEA Trust hosts annually in August and September.

The WEA Trust provides group health insurance and administrative services to public employers throughout Wisconsin. The not-for-profit WEA Trust was created in 1970 to insure Wisconsin school district employees. Today, the WEA Trust offers its top-rated service and quality benefits to all state, county, and municipal groups.