The United Way of Marathon County recently recognized Dana Kamke, a teacher from the Mosinee School District, as Advocate of the Year.
Kamke teaches a homelessness unit in her classroom and the students learn the importance of meeting basic needs for all people. The students realized there was a need at their school for students to have food at home on the weekends. Their program provides weekend meals and snack for students while teaching organization skills, job skills and service back to the community. She has involved students in the project to stock shelves, pack meals and gather donations.
Kamke started a food pantry in the Mosinee Middle School and is now exploring adding another pantry in the elementary school. Her students have also adopted a program for female hygiene products.
Photo courtesy United Way of Marathon County.