Kewaskum High School students learn about charitable giving through the Main Street Philanthropy program that has been incorporated into Casey Scheel’s leadership class. Main Street Philanthropy (MSP) is a 10-week program that teaches high schoolers meaningful giving.
The students investigate charitable organizations and qualify them by examining and analyzing their tax forms. Students sold wrist bands, sold suckers and raffled Bucks tickets to raise funds to donate to the nonprofit organizations.
Area businesses that contributed matching funds for this trimester are Johnson Bus, Kettle Moraine Assisted Living, Sunburst Ski Hill, K&D Excavating, Coffee Corner, Dairy Queen, Goeden Auto and Hair on Main.
Joanne Silbernagel is the Main Street ambassador, moderating the class, and the Silbernagel Group is the main sponsor. Businesses that have donated this trimester and in the past have helped to transform students.
One student wrote, “The thing I will most remember about Main Street Philanthropy is definitely the feeling I got when we actually got to visit the organizations and see the looks on the faces of those we were donating to.
Helping others in need is an indescribable feeling and it made me want to find other opportunities to give in the future. Over my high school career I have participated in numerous volunteer opportunities, including small community ones and out-of-state mission trips.
These experiences, along with the MSP class, made me feel more appreciative of the gifts I have. It is easy to take what we have for granted when we aren’t involved with people who are less fortunate.
But, when we directly interact with those who need our help, it is truly eye opening and I believe it makes us better people over all.” Visit the Main Street Philanthropy website at www.mainstreetphilanthropy.org to see other student comments. If you are interested in getting involved, call Joanne Silbernagel at 262-626- 8892.