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WEA Trust Grant Encourages Activity and Large Motor Skills

Lake Geneva Schools Teacher Win $3,000 Award for 4K Large Motor Skills Area

LAKE GENEVA, Wisconsin – As part of the 4th Annual Forward Together Award, WEA Trust awarded Cyndi Nelson of Lake Geneva Schools a $3,000 grant for a large motor skills area for 4K students. The grant will increase opportunities for students to play and use their large motor muscles to their fullest potential.

“We were so impressed 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. “Every year I look forward to reading all of the proposals. I’m thrilled that we can back a grant program that supports teachers’ love of teaching.”

Nelson will use the $3,000 Forward Together Award to purchase resources to support the motor skills area. With new materials like jumbo trikes, sensory mats and balance beams, students will increase the strength of their gross and fine motor skills while also encouraging students to be active.

“We as teachers, are seeing a decrease in these abilities along with difficulties in fine motor skills,” Forward Together Award winner Nelson wrote in her proposal. “This is especially important when it comes to our 4-year-old kindergarten students. Studies have shown students with strong gross and motor skills are more productive and attentive.”

WEA Trust created the Forward Together Award to recognize and reward innovation in Wisconsin’s schools. Over the past four years, WEA Trust has granted more than $35,000 to support individual educators’ school projects. This January, WEA Trust received over 100 project proposals. Educators from Lake Holcombe School District and Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan School District also won Forward Together Awards this year.

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

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 serve Wisconsin school district employees. Today, the WEA Trust offers its top-rated service and quality benefits to all state, county, and municipal groups.