Cardinal WINGS Program Reports Progress



Monday Morning

We had a better crowd, but still small, of 15 members at Monday morning’s meeting, along with our guest speaker, Valerie Lenz from Fond du Lac High School and potential member Dawn Scannell, guest of Sharon Kollman.  Gary Miller will be looking for volunteers next Monday for an InterClub to the Ripon Early Birds on Thursday, August 21st.  Their meeting starts at 7:00AM.  Check your calendars to see if you can help fill this InterClub.  “Happy Bucks” were offered by Sharon Kollman for her guest and niece, Dawn Scannell, Bonnie Baerwald for returning from a great vacation in Asheville last week and Gary Miller because he can still fit into his 55th year high school class reunion t-shirt.  Dawn Scannell was the winner of the 50/50 Raffle drawing on Monday and she drew the Two of Diamonds, not a winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 13 cards with three pay cards and a pot of at least $522.

Valerie Lenz – Fond du Lac High School Cardinal WINGS

Valerie Lenz has been in the Fond du Lac School District for the past 15 years and prior to that she taught in the Campbellsport School District.  In both districts she has been in the special education arena.  For the past five years Valerie has headed up the Cardinal WINGS (Working Independently Nurturing Goals Success) program.  The school district believes in the importance of assisting students as they transition from the school environment into the community and work environment.  The young adult students range in age from 18 to 21 and attend the district’s CWD (Children With Disabilities) apartment classroom. The program is based on helping cognitively disabled students develop the life skills they need to become independent. The apartment is located within Riverside Elementary School.  Once a month, WINGS students assist at the Fondy Food Pantry and help deliver food to three elementary schools involved in the Food for Thought program.  WINGS students work as a team at Fondy Food Pantry to practice real-life, work-related skills such as sorting, counting, organizing, multiple-step tasks and multiple-step directions.