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Teacher donates school supplies to School District of RhinelanderSubmitted: 06/25/2019
Teacher donates school supplies to School District of Rhinelander
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RHINELANDER - A teacher from Illinois who vacations in the Northwoods donated school supplies to the School District of Rhinelander.

Bob Blaus offered several boxes of supplies to Rhinelander students recently.  Blaus is a high school science teacher.


He used a rewards program through Office Depot to generate money for the supplies. The store gives a $20 credit for every 10 empty ink cartridges Blaus turns in.

The program helps keep ink cartridges out of landfills and recycles them instead.

Meanwhile, a program called SCARCE provided the binders.  SCARCE provides environmental education, runs a textbook rescue, and a program called "Tools for Schools", offering resources for home-schooled students.

Rhinelander Summer Work students will fill backpacks with the supplies and give them to area schools this summer.


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The former director of Ascension's St. Mary's and Sacred Heart Hospital foundations stole nearly $46,000, according to police.

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