Board recognizes five area businesses

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Five area organizations were recipients of Wisconsin Association of School Boards' Business Honor Roll awards from the District in 2017.

Capitol Sand & Gravel, Robin Hill Landscaping, SSE Concrete, Trek Bicycle and Vogel Brothers were nominated by District officials for the awards in September 2017. The District learned in the fall that all five would receive the honor.

Representatives from all but Robin Hill Landscaping were able to attend the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 6 to be recognized. Each organization received a framed certificate, along with a Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District pen-and-pencil set and glass coffee mug.

"This is one of our favorite nights of the year. We very much value the partnerships we have with this year's recipients along with all of our prior award winners,'' Communications Director Perry Hibner said. "The toughest part of this is every summer narrowing down which organizations to nominate because there are so many who do so much for our District. We are fortunte to have so many business partners making a difference for our students and staff.''

Capitol Sand & Gravel owner Mike Gallagher donated close to $8,000 worth of time, equipment and products to make the pollinator garden at Park a reality this past year. Park is 2014 Green Ribbon Award-winning school that places a huge emphasis on outdoor education so the garden has been a great addition, said third-grade teacher Jodi Klare, who wrote a winning grant to the MCPASD Education Foundation to get the project started. Students in her class also played a big role in its development.

Robin Hill Landscaping owner Nate Hegg and his team for the Oregon business were instrumental in designing and building the labyrinth garden at CSCS. "The result is a beautiful path that incorporates a brick that that was also a fundraiser for the charter school. The space will be used for years to come,'' CSCS principal Jill Gurtner said.

SSE Concrete began working with the District around 2005, Director of Facilities Services Bill Eberhardt said. Among the projects owner Bob Sauer has completed are a playground border and resurfacing at Sauk Trail; a new sidewalk and grading of the existing path that was removed at Elm Lawn; 1,000 feet of concrete for a trench drain at the District Operations Center shop; and new concrete near the front entrance of MHS.

Trek has been instrumental in helping make Northside’s bike-to-school event each spring a success for the past seven years, principal Roz Craney said. Trek donates helmets for children who don’t have them and send mechanics to make sure all bikes are safe. They also provide bike safety materials for students and adults and have also donated water bottles, lights, bells and bags, Craney added. Mark Andrews has worked the event since 2009, while Kitty Torrison started in 2017.

Vogel Brothers has been providing supplies for students in need at MHS for more than 20 years, social worker Kristin Wilson said. The program is formally called the School Supplies for Kids and this year distributed more than $54,000 of school supplies to 141 Dane County schools.

"It is a joy to see the relief on the faces of so many of our students when they are told they don’t have to worry about getting school supplies,'' Wilson said. "The School Supplies for Kids makes our students lives easier and reduces financial strain on their families.''

It is the sixth year WASB has offered the program. This year 18 school districts nominated more than 60 businesses. In the first five years of the program nearly 60 school districts nominated approximately 200 businesses.

MCPASD is the only district in the state to have 30 organizations recognized over the six years of the program, which recognizes school districts and local businesses that have partnered to provide additional learning opportunities or support students, staff and their local communities.

Here is a list of the organizations that have been nominated by MCPASD:







Capitol Sand & Gravel

Copp's Food Center

Cross Plains Chamber

Middleton Chamber

Bray Architects

BMO Harris

Robin Hill Landscaping

Docter Evergreens

Crossroads Coffeehouse

The Business Source

News Publishing

J.H. Findorff
& Son

SSE Concrete

Middleton Endowment

Hilton Garden Inn

Boardman & Clark LLP


Middleton Community Bank

Trek Bicycle

Middleton Optimist Club

North American Mechanical

Control Works

Schultz Electric

Standard Imaging

Vogel Brothers

The UPS Store

T.A. Miller Electric

Sauk Plains Plumbing

Willy Street Co-op

State Bank of Cross Plains