EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River Elementary School teacher wants to help make a difference in the lives of her students by using books.
Fifth-grade teacher Tami Davis applied for a $500 grant for her classroom library through the Scholastic Book Clubs last year. The giveaway works with James Patterson's $1.75 million giveaway.
"I love books. I'm obsessed with books. It's a thing. I have a lot of books in my classroom library. Well over 1,500--and a big thing for me is that we don't have a lot of multicultural books. It's much of the same," said Davis.
This week, Davis found out she was one of 3,500 teachers from across the country to win the grant. More than 82,000 teachers applied.
Davis says she wants to use the money to buy multicultural books because she believes students need to see themselves represented in the books they read.
"This year we have a student that only speaks Spanish, so I would like to get some chapter books that are in Spanish so they can see themselves represented and they can read in their own language and feel comfortable expressing themselves in that language," said Davis.
Davis says that through the grant she can also buy any school-related items. The money doesn't have to just go toward books.
Davis also says she's looking forward to getting a book about a superhero who's deaf.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
MINOCQUA - Owners of wooden boats describe them as labors of love.
"If you're going to own a boat like this, you have to have a commitment," said boat owner Marc Toigo. "It's not optional."
It's the kind of commitment Gordon Moore had when he helped start the Minocqua Antique Wooden & Classic Boat Show 26 years ago. Moore passed away in August, making this weekend's show the first without him.
"We're going to laugh a lot, because he'd want us to," said show organizer Al Hanley. "(Moore) had a great sense of humor, he was a truly unique individual."
MARATHON CITY - A truckload of huge, heavy pieces of concrete piping sat outside County Materials Corporation in Marathon City on Friday afternoon.
They won't be there long.
Soon, it will head for Racine County, one of hundreds of truckloads delivering pipes to the Foxconn site.
Gov. Scott Walker promised luring the electronics company to southeastern Wisconsin would help the entire state. He visited County Materials on Friday. It's one of 27 contractors in the state selected to help with the Phase One build of Foxconn.
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