Marshfield School District staff collaborates to support local family needs
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield School District staff banded together to assist the United Way as needs increased in the community.
“Rae Ann Leonhardt contacted Len Luedtke and I hoping that we would be interested in getting a fundraiser started with our colleagues at the high school, to help out the growing need at the United Way,” Dan Dargenio. “She simply thought that we, the high school teachers, needed to step up and help out our community during this difficult time.”
Marshfield High School staff was made aware of the community need through Luedtke’s wife’s involvement in the Nutrition on Weekend (NOW) program.
The NOW program is a community effort organized through the United Way that provides healthy, ready-to-eat nutritional foods for children when they are not attending school.
“Ali Luedtke, the NOW coordinator, has seen a large increase in food requests and we thought we could help,” Dargenio recalled. “The United Way is now providing NOW packs to families with enough food for the entire week, so more funds were needed. The Wine Walk, a successful fundraiser for the United Way, was cancelled because of COVID-19, so we all thought we would try to help raise funds.
“We simply put out an email stating that the United Way could use our help as they are serving a huge need in our community and have ever increasing demands during this difficult time. We gave teachers a week to donate directly to the United Way and teachers donated almost $4,500.”
The group then reached out to the other schools in the district, so other district staff members could do their part to help local families.
In addition to payroll deductions to aid the United Way, fellow Marshfield district staff helped in the following ways: Lincoln Elementary made food deliveries and May Day baskets; Washington Elementary raised $1,365; Grant Elementary raised $1,000; Madison Elementary packed NOW lunch bags and increased payroll deductions; Nasonville Elementary held a spring fundraiser; and the Marshfield Middle School purchased “care-kits” sponsored by the United Way, MACCI, and local churches.