Deanna Earleywine, Cambridge, Wisconsin reading specialist, was recognized at the Cambridge Elementary School on Friday, October 16 for receiving a $932 grant through the Rural Schools Collaborative’s (RSC) inaugural Grants in Place program. Funds for the grant award were provided in part by the Sixteenth Section Fund and Cambridge, Wisconsin donors Steve and Laurie Struss, who were able to visit Deanna’s classroom and present her with an award poster.
Earleywine’s grant award allowed for the purchase of multiple copies of grade-level appropriate biographies of famous Wisconsin residents. After reading the biographies, Earleywine’s students will write their own biographies about local citizens, which will then be on display at the Cambridge Historic Museum.
The Rural Schools Collaborative is committed to local stories and sharing student work with the public. Earleywine’s thoughtful learning activity exemplifies these two themes, making it a perfect match for the Grants in Place program.
The RSC was organized in 2014 and launched in April 2015. The organization believes that community-based instruction, thoughtful collaboration, and targeted philanthropy strengthen the fabric of rural places. Its Grants in Place program is funding 35 innovative projects in seven states.
The organization is currently engaged in eight states working out of hubs in Springfield, Missouri; Galesburg, Illinois; Cambridge, Wisconsin; and Storm Lake, Iowa.
Pictured above is a vintage photo of the Cambridge Historic Museum, which was the old school house, perched atop a hill overlooking the Koshkonong Creek valley. These types of public investments, built in highly visible places, sent a clear message to everyone on the value of public education.