RHINELANDER - As you shop for gifts this year, you can make sure there are toys under the tree for a less fortunate child on Christmas morning.
Volunteers in Rhinelander have put together ‘Kindness for Kids' for 18 years. They collect new toys for newborns up to 15 year olds.
Alan Newman, a volunteer with the program knows just how much it means when someone gives a gift.
"I was in a situation where I had four boys, I didn't have a Christmas because I had a hip replacement done, and a family showed up, gave us a cash donation. And I said, as long as I was alive I would do whatever I could to help other communities," said Newman.
Last year Kindness for Kids gave toys to over 500 children in Oneida County, but volunteers say getting to play Santa for even one child makes it all worth it.
"Last year there was a little boy about 2 1/2 years old that came with his mom to pick up the toys. He got a sucker, and just the smile on his face and his eyes… Every year we get reminded, at least once why this happens," said Newman.
Families in need can sign up for Kindness for Kids through Oneida County Social Services.
The group gives 3 to 4 toys to each child, and tries to give each child at least one toy they asked for.
Collections are on-going until Decebmer 15th, that's when they hand out the toys.
Drop-off locations are throughout Rhinelander and also in Tomahawk and Eagle River.
For more information on how and where to donate, or how to qualify, visit their website posted below.
TOMAHAWK - More than 50 fourth graders from Tomahawk learned about nature on Wednesday as part of long-lived education program. UW-Stevens Point staff at Treehaven host programs to teach elementary students about nature. The program has been around Tomahawk Public Schools for more than 25 years.
"We are doing a lot about the history of Tomahawk, the people that were here in the early 1800s and just a little bit about the land," explained Naturalist Rachel Anderson. "Right not we've been doing some tree identification and forestry measurements, but this morning they were learning about the voyagers and the Native Americans in this area."
The program covers more than just fall-learning, Treehaven leaders host learning programs in the spring and winter as well. You don't have to be a student to take part in some of the programs at the learning center. They include group hikes where you practice and discuss identifying plants and trees.
"We've had two this fall, and I'm hoping that is something we can continue to do in all seasons and continue to offer," said Anderson. "We've been getting a lot of positive reinforcement that it's something that the public is really interested in, so we hope to continue to offer more in the future."
Treehaven leaders regularly offer programs to the public involving nature, education, and artistry. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and events, you can follow the link listed below the article.
APPLETON - Many Wisconsin drivers who lose their driving privileges have continued to operate their vehicles and commit additional violations.
According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation data, there have been more than 57,000 convictions for operating while suspended, without a valid license or after revocation this year. That number follows last year's trend, when nearly 114,000 licensing-related convictions were reported.
During the first six months of 2014, more of the state's residents were convicted of driving with suspended licenses than speeding 11-19 mph over the limit.
Students get opportunity to plan for life after high school
MINOCQUA - High School students need to start thinking about life after high school during their junior and senior year.
On Wednesday Lakeland Union High School and Nicolet College hosted the Wisconsin Education Fair to help them with that.
Nearly 80 colleges, universities and branches of the military offered information to high school juniors and seniors from all across northern Wisconsin. Schools from as far away as Nevada and Alabama came to the fair.
KENOSHA - Authorities have been searching a Kenosha County lake for a missing fisherman from Illinois.
The search on Silver Lake began Tuesday night after family members reported 66-year-old John Spoor of McHenry, Illinois, had not returned from his fishing trip. Sheriff's officials located the man's boat, but there was no sign of him.
Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth says the department had five boats on the water Wednesday. The search was halted Wednesday evening because of darkness, and the Kenosha News reports search teams are expected to return to the scene Thursday morning.
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