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Forward Together Grant Program

Forward Together

"Not only do we want to reduce our energy in-house, but we want to show other schools and other communities that this is possible. If we can do it, so can you."

- Scott Anderson, 2014 Forward Together Award Winner

2016 Forward Together Award

At WEA Trust, we recognize that some of the best ideas in Wisconsin’s schools go unnoticed and unfunded. That’s why we’re giving three $3,000 grants to support school projects. Your innovation deserves celebration. 

What’s your vision or passion project? Tell us how you will drive it forward for your chance to win. Applications for the Forward Together Award will open in early 2016. 


Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 3 Forward Together Award winners! These 3 projects defined vision, passion, and drive. From green power in the urban environment to a literacy drive that connects rural neighborhoods, this year’s winning projects will propel Wisconsin education forward.

William Harvill, Milwaukee Public Schools

William and his students are spearheading a community-based effort to rethink how we see food systems in the urban environment. Their service learning projects will identify and alleviate the need for healthy food options throughout Milwaukee. By working with local farmers markets and growing their own produce in their greenhouse, students will supply fresh food to high-need neighborhoods.

Andrea Mahr, Stanley-Boyd School District

Andrea will help launch Camp Read S’more, a traveling library (or “bookmobile”) that will visit students’ homes during the summer to help promote literacy. Beyond simply checking out books at Camp Read S’more, students will participate in a community-based scavenger hunt and reading incentive program.

Ryan Guza, Whitehall School District

Ryan’s project brings students outdoors to help protect their local wood duck ecosystem. By creating wood duck houses and monitoring the wood duck population, the project bridges ecology, sustainability, and mathematics.

Top 20 Finalists

Thank you for submitting your innovative projects for the 2nd Annual Forward Together Award. Your vision, passion and drive impressed the judging panel. It’s clear that Wisconsin students benefit from your creativity, and we are grateful for your hard work. Please consider entering to win again next year!

  • Stephanie Jacobs—School District of Beloit
  • Holly Bacha—Birchwood Schools
  • Julie Tiedens—Black River Falls School District
  • Anneke Thompson—Burlington Area School District
  • Ross Niquet—Clinton Community School District
  • Justin Zoellick—Clintonville Public Schools
  • Stephanie Attoe—School District of Gilman
  • Joe Kiefer—Lake Mills Area School District
  • Lauren Gould—McFarland School District
  • Danelle Ley, Mosinee School District
  • Todd Wilfer, Northland Pines
  • Gillian Pakula, Patti Kimball, Kris Steinhilber—Oshkosh Area School District
  • Meagen Flood—Parkview School District
  • Ruth Witt—Royall School District
  • Becky Armbruster, Jessica Monfils and Jamie Propson—Mishicot School District
  • Mark Zimmerman—Spencer Public Schools
  • Rachel Olson—Sun Prairie Area School District
  • Linda VanStrydonk—Tomahawk School District
  • Jordan Hein—Union Grove
  • Matt Kerhin—West Allis/West Milwaukee

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