The Lakeland STAR charter schools this week received a $100,000 donation from Ascension Wisconsin health care.
The dual charter school program will serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. President of Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Sandy Anderson, says the donation is a way to pay it forward....
"...we as Ascension Wisconsin we should be behind this initiative of these charter schools because I think it's our way of paying forward and I say paying forward because these students will become future employees in our community. Whether they go on to a secondary level of education, Maybe some of them go into healthcare..."
Sandy Anderson says the makeup of the schools fits Ascension's mission..
"..we think that because it's educational and there's definitely a medical component, it's a perfect match to our mission statement...."
Scheduled to open this fall in Minocqua, the Lakeland STAR School will serve students in grades 7 & 8, while the Lakeland STAR Academy will include grades 9-12. The program will be focusing on student strengths along with independent living and job placement.
Ascension Healthcare Senior Vice-President Bernie Sherry announced the donation at a golf outing this week in Minocqua.