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.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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