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5th Annual WEA Trust Grant Supports Teachers’ Passion and Innovation

Madison, Wisconsin – As part of the 5th Annual Forward Together Award, WEA Trust awarded $3,000 grants to Rachel Ann Tambornino of Mauston School District, Mary Donaldson of Algoma School District and Judy Brown of Coleman School District to fund their cutting-edge school projects. 

WEA Trust created the Forward Together Award in 2013 to recognize and reward innovation in Wisconsin’s schools. Over the past five years, WEA Trust has given more than $45,000 to support individual educators’ school projects.

“It was so inspiring to read all of the proposals that were submitted this year,” said Kyle Humphrey, WEA Trust’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “WEA Trust was originally created for teachers by teachers and we are proud to continue to support school districts through this grant.”

This year’s winning proposals consisted of vastly different yet important initiative’s—a clothing and food pantry for students, an after school program and a composting project called, “Worms Ate My Homework.” All proposals were reviewed by a panel of judges made up of education experts from UW-Madison, the State Superintendent’s office and the Wisconsin Association of School 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 serve Wisconsin school district employees. Today, the WEA Trust offers its top-rated service and quality benefits to all state, county, and municipal groups. Learn more at www.weatrust.com.