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How Art Bonomie Answered the Call:
Art is the Coach of the Southside Raiders Youth Football Team, as well as the Offensive Assistant for Madison West High School. During Covid-19, Art has, and he has been “so encouraging and supporting to all the kids,” says Nominator Joseph taylor. Art has worked on helping the kids with their chrome books, checking on all the players to make sure they are doing well, and helping low income families that are part of the team. Coach Bonomie has been the youth team coach for 5 years, and he is an inspiration for our son.
” Just trying to change the world one kid at the time. God, Family, Football.” – Art Bonomie
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How Toni Heinowski Answered the Call:
Toni has lead the distribution of laptops and library materials to our 6,000 students during COVID-19. She has worked to ensure devices were properly sanitized, distributed, and that the continuation of learning was taking place while at home. In the words of Nominator, Kate Brown, “She does this with a smile on her face. Toni has also had a huge part in helping the process with library material distribution.” Because of Toni, students are able to submit a request for books and have the opportunity to come pick them up at the buildings. Her goal has been, and still remains, to help all students receive educational resources. She handled this pandemic with grace, a smile on her face, and never stopped her mission to make sure all students had technology/educational materials available to them.
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How Vicki Answered the Call:
Vicki has spent her time making see through face masks for the deaf community to be able to read facial expressions.
“I have made all these mask for HEAR Wisconsin and they have in turn distributed them to HH/deaf clients. I’m over 550 as of today!
In addition because I have had so many request for these mask, I developed a pattern which has been passed around the world so others can make these as well.”
The deaf and hard of hearing community relies on being able to read lips and see facial expressions to communicate with people. Vicki continues to make her unique masks for the benefit of those in need!
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How Ellie Answered The Call:
I am a certified nursing assistant, but I am not currently work as a CNA in Madison in order to focus on my research in the department of Human Oncology. As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, I really wanted to find a way to support my local healthcare professionals as they risked their lives to continue to work and take care of patients even though I wasn’t in a CNA position. I decided to do so by starting “Project: Protect the Ears” where I gathered community members to assemble mask extenders from ribbon and buttons made to relieve the tug of masks on healthcare workers and cleaning crews ears who are required to wear masks at all times.
Some hospitals had been distributing similar devices, but many of the hospitals I have connections to I found did not, so I hoped to meet this need. I graduated from Sussex Hamilton High School in 2017, so I reached out to their National Honors Society to gather students who may be interested in getting involved. Each student picked up a kit containing thread, ribbon, and buttons, sewed together 10 extenders, and returned them to my address.
In total, we were able to make over 400 extenders, which I was able to distribute to Menomonee Falls, Elmbrook, and West Allis community hospitals and Froedtert’s cardiac unit in the Milwaukee area, and UW Hospital general surgery care unit, American Family Children’s Hospital NICU, and Meriter Hospital in the Madison area. I am so thankful for the help from my community and the opportunity to give back to and support our healthcare workers even in a small way. I think so many people are looking for ways to help and contribute in any way they can, and giving people, as well as myself, a platform to do that is what made this project so special. I hope to attend medical school in the near future, so reaching the medical community specifically was also very important to me.
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How Tim & Gary of Blue Plate Catering Answered The Call:
In the words of Nominator, David Porton: I work for an amazing company, Blue Plate Catering, who is answering the call in 2 distinct ways: 1. Providing meals for essential workers (hospitals, clinics, senior care centers, first responders, etc.) as a way of saying thanks for sacrificing so much while keeping us safe. We have 2 corporate partners: Becker Law Office and Park Bank. 2. Friday Night Fish Fry Fundraiser – We are hosting a fish fry each Friday in May, with proceeds benefiting 6 Madison organizations that fight hunger and homelessness. We have an event co-sponsor that is matching up to $2,000 and a second donor that is matching up to $500 in donations.
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How Quiana Answered the Call:
Quiana and her ENTIRE family have been making and providing masks for so many in the community to help keep everyone safe. She will sell masks but when she sees people in need she will (without charging them) give out masks to whoever needs them. During all three of our food giveaways, for our church, Quiana was gracious enough to give out masks to some of the less fortunate or anyone who may have asked for one. Quiana spends several hours making masks to be a help to others. I feel that Quiana has “answered the call” by being a kind hearted, unselfish person who is during this time still thinking of others as she always does.
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How Mr. McCarville’s class Answered the Call:
Covid has been tough on everyone. Even if you remain perfectly healthy, it has altered your life in one way or another. This is the case for my high school students as well. I teach in construction classes in a small community of 9,500. Although we are small, we offer great opportunities for our kids by offering construction classes that earn credit at our local technical college, and my most advanced students actually get to “flip” a house. It is something they look forward to from their freshman year. Unfortunately, this semesters group will not earn college credit or get to see our house get put on the market. When our school first closed due to Covid, we thought it would be for three weeks. That quickly changed to the entire year and left my students disappointed and me scrabbling for ideas to give the kids meaningful hands on experiences at home. It was then that I saw a picture of a product on social media and thought my students could recreate it, we could sell it to people in the community, and donate the money to a good cause. The good cause was not hard find. Our school is classified by the state of Wisconsin as a low income district based on the amount of students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. Knowing this, our school social worker and I came up with a plan to distribute the money to families in our district that needed some extra help. The idea was in place, but it needed the support and hard work of my students to become a reality. My students truly Answered The Call! They loved the idea and were happy to help make a difference in the lives of other students and families in our community.
So what did they make? Squirrel picnic tables! That’s right, my students made over 200 miniature picnic tables designed to attach to a tree or fence post where squirrels sit on the bench and eat. Thanks to the help of a video posted on our school social media page, we sold out in 10 days and have raised over $1800 for families in our community.
” I could not be more proud of my students.”, Mike McCarville
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How Ren Answered the Call:
Ren created “sidewalk sessions”
She photographs families from a safe distance in front of their homes and was able to donate nearly $3k to the hunger task force. Now She is doing sessions and raising money for Saint Luke’s Hospital.
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How Rockford Christian Answered the Call:
A local food pantry, “Helping Hands,” provides nutritious food to people in our community who are in need. They rely on individuals and organizations for donations to provide to those people. During the COVID-19 pandemic there were more people in our community who fell into the “in need” catagory and the food donations were in short supply. Students at Rockford Christian organized a food drive over 2 days at the school. They organized a contact free drop off of the most needed supplies. over the 2 day drive they filled a school mini-bus with food and paper products and were able to deliver them to the food pantry. The “Helping Hands” food pantry reported it was the largest single gift/donation they had ever had. The students/staff and parents of Rockford Christian Schools in Rockford Illinois certainly “answered the call!” Thank you for considering this nomination.
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