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Who made our History

Wausau Schools established in 1861 has a long history in central Wisconsin.  

Twenty years ago, a group of community people sat around a table with a dream.  They wanted to create an organization that would enhance the opportunities for the Wausau School District students and teachers.  They created support for education and presented their first grant.  Fast forward to today, and the leadership continued to touch lives, build relationships,

In 1997, the foundation got off the ground with then superintendent Chuck Skurka along with area leaders including Jean Tehan, Ginger Alden, Christine Bremer, Gene Davis,  John Dudley, Kathy Kelsey Foley, Jim Force, Christine Freiberg, Gary Freels, Tom Mack, Sarah Miller, Linda Prehn, Gerry Riskey, Ron Rutlin, Doris Ulrich, Randy Westgate, and Bob Wolff.   The first Executive Director was Sherri Waid (she also started Neighbor's Place).   

The Founding Society, 2001  were members who help fund Foundation     

Donors were: Riverview Construction, A-1 Construction, Associated Bank, Bob and Peg Wolff, Boldt Construction, Christine Bremer,  Community Foundation of Wausau, The Dudley Family,  Judd  Alexander Foundation, Dr. Albert, The Gehring Family, Greenheck Family,  Heart and Lung Associates, Manson Insurance, Miron Construction,  Riisers, U.S. Bank,  and Wausau-Mosinee Paper Foundation, Wausau Benefits, Wausau Homes and Wausau Tile. 




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The Heritage Family Fund established in 2016 The funds are held in an endowment fund for Reach for the Stars Grants.

"Reach For The Stars grants are an opportunity for the "whole school system to be nurtured and cared for locally."    Mrs Patricia Prehn 

4 Generations of Legacy
Prehn Family Heritage:  Dr. Delos C. Prehn (1914), Dr. Donald (1944) & Patricia Prehn, Dr. Frederick C. (1975) & Linda Prehn, Augusta B. Prehn (2005),  Frederick C. Prehn Jr. (2007) Aurora D. Prehn (2009) Harrison P. Prehn (2010)

Harry N. Heinemann, Sr   Harry N. Heinemann, Jr & Virginia,  Rebecca Heinemann,  Joseph Heinemann, Robert Heinemann, Virginia (Gigi) Heinemann-Schmitt, Blakney Schmitt, Arabella Schmitt

Karl F. Manthei Family - Vocational School 1930,  Grace Manthei - Wausau High School 1956 Lisa Atwood (Bergeth) - Wausau West HS 1980, Emily Streich - Wausau East HS 2006
3 Generations of Legacy
Sarah and Tom Eberlein
Robert & Mary Jo Hartwig Family Foundation, Inc
Allen & Mary Jane (Ucker) Hettinga 
Mr Richard HelkeBlanche (Ryan) & Forrest Hilgemann Family                                 
David R Scholfield & Family
The Stanley F. Staples Family
Lynn & Cathie Taschler
Lynn Buhmann 
2 Generations of Legacy    
Ann, Kate, Elizabeth & Nancy Frawley
Kellenhauser Family Lavern and Bart
Tom & Ann Jones
Harvey Scholfield / Marathon Box Corporation


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