By Bill Henk — At this writing three schools in southeast Wisconsin remain in the running for major funding through the $10 million Kohl’s Cares program.
St. Marcus Lutheran, St. Pius XI High School and Racine Mitchell Middle School all could receive half a million dollars if they receive enough votes through Facebook to finish in the top 20 schools in the country.
Currently our three contenders in the region each resides in the top 50 nationally. Our blog readers with Facebook accounts can show their support today by visiting Kohls Cares on Facebook and voting for them. You select and hopefully they collect. Each person can vote up to 20 times with a maximum of five votes for any individual school. Voting ends September 3rd. Voters can list ideas for how schools might use the funding.
The program recognizes the company’s 10th anniversary of its Kohl’s Cares philanthropic program supporting children’s health and education.
Some of us at Marquette have been approached about supporting the effort and others whose help has reportedly been solicited include: Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Scott Walker, MMAC, TEMPO Milwaukee, The Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall, Discovery World, Frontier Airlines, The Brewers, Alverno College, UWM, and various key individuals and organizations in Racine. MMAC has already stepped up, and hopefully others will.
For the record, when it comes to Facebook, I’m a hopeless amateur, but even I figured out how to vote. In order to cast my “ballots,” I had to allow Kohl’s access to my Facebook information, and understandably, not everyone will want to do that. In other words, it’s your decision whether or not to participate. I just wanted to make you aware that this program is out there.
By the way, you can vote for any qualified school in the country that you care about. Late last week I was asked to vote for Bruce Guadalupe, and because that’s another terrific school, I did.
Here’s my bottom line. Wouldn’t it be great if ANY of our local $chool$ received the $500K? That kind of funding would do a LOT of educational good.
Reader Note: As a general rule, the blog avoids promoting anything with commercial goals, virus potential, or the possibility of a web-based scam. Based on everything I’ve seen, this program qualifies as altogether legitimate although I could see some informational benefits accruing to Kohl’s.