Rhinelander PIE recognized as 2018 ‘Friend of Education’ by DPI
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers honored Rhinelander Partners in Education (PIE) as one of five 2018 Friends of Education in Wisconsin. Evers presented the recognition during the State of Education address at the Capitol Rotunda in Madison Thursday, Sept. 20.
PIE was selected for its work to strengthen the ties between local businesses and schools in Rhinelander. PIE provides real-world learning opportunities for local students to prepare them with 21st century skills. The organization exposes students to their community and potential careers through events like Careers on Wheels and Mad Money, as well as by providing guest speakers and job shadow opportunities.
“PIE partners and volunteers display an incredible devotion to improving the futures of students in Rhinelander,” said PIE President Ben Meyer. “They’re committed to the community and the children in it. Receiving the Friend of Education award from the Department of Public Instruction was a delightful surprise. It’s a true credit to the strong partnership between local schools, businesses, and non-profits in Rhinelander.”
Groups from Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, and a statewide organization joined PIE as 2018 honorees.
“These organizations are transforming young lives,” Evers said in a statement. “From strengthening school and business partnerships, to advocacy for teachers and public education, to volunteering and providing financial support, they are making a difference for students and schools in their communities.”
PIE was formed in 2009 by a group of motivated community members in Rhinelander.