Category: Education

  • Boys & Girls Club’s Inaugural “Day for Kids” Open to Everyone

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County will host its inaugural “Day for Kids” event on Sept. 12, 9am – 1 pm, at the club’s Third Avenue location in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The event will include an open house to highlight the new renovations which have taken place during the past several months, including […]

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    Altrusa Helps Girls Get Back to School with Annual Fair

    With generous assistance from a grant of $2,000 from the Women’s Fund, new backpacks were chosen and filled with school supplies at Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair, held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. More than 250 local girls from all over Door County participated in the fair. Volunteer guides escorted the girls around the gym as they […]

  • Retired Educators to Meet Sept. 16 at Crossroads

    The next meeting of the Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators Association Meeting will be held at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., on Sept. 16. Social hour begins at 11 am followed by a noon luncheon. The program includes a tour of Heritage Village and Nelson House. After the meeting, Red Wagon school supplies that are […]

  • Wisconsin Education Fair at St. Norbert College

    The annual Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) will be held at St. Norbert College in the Schuldes Sports Center from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Sept. 16 and 9 – 11 am on Sept. 17. More than 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and military groups will be on hand to meet and recruit prospective students and […]

  • The Tile Murals of Door County Schools

    When I visit Gibraltar School and walk along the hallway past the old gym, I look on the bottom row of the “Visions of Peace” tile mural created by elementary students in 1997 to find mine, one that I made after teaching Kurt Vonnegut’s antiwar novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. My sense of pride is no different than […]

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    Agriscience Teacher Jeanna James Achieves National Recognition

    Theoretically speaking, Jeanna James is not only the best young agriscience teacher in Wisconsin, but also one of the top six in the United States. However, anyone who watches her working with students might well maintain that the designation is not theoretical. “Jeanna is a model teacher and keeps every student at the center of […]

  • Leading by Example: The Fight of Bo Johnson

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. We start with one who is with us only in spirit, but what a spirit he is. There were times during his chemotherapy treatments that Bo Johnson didn’t understand why he was going through such a painful […]

  • Southern Door School’s Learning Garden

    It isn’t a Victory Garden straight out of World War II. It won’t feed hundreds of people. Southern Door’s Schoolyard Garden will, however, teach students about plants and cultivate a bond in the community.

  • Finding Life Lessons in Old Photographs

    I came across the photo at the bottom of an old cardboard Leinenkugel’s box, a remarkably sturdy box that has held most of my photos as I bounced from apartment to apartment for the last 13 years.


  • Learning by Looking Beyond Our Borders

    We in Door County like to think we’re unique. It’s a pride that goes beyond our environment and people – we think our problems are one-of-a-kind too. Perhaps it’s a natural reflection of our isolated geography that we think we’re operating on an island.

  • The Rural Brain Drain

    As much as I love living in Door County and writing about the people here and the problems we face, I can’t help but have this heavy sense that what we all love about this place is slipping away.

  • Breaking the Box

    Small towns will have to re-imagine education and break down the walls between bureaucracies if they hope to re-vitalize their communities in today’s economy.

  • Brain Drain Author Speaking at Stone Harbor April 28

    Patrick Carr, co-author of Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America, will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s annual luncheon.

  • Readers Weigh In On Door County’s Brain Drain

    In January the Pulse began a series, Door County’s Brain Drain, devoted to the peninsula’s dwindling population of young adults. We’re looking into why they’re leaving, but more importantly, what might attract them back.

  • Getting Educated

    700 Number of rural counties that lost 10 percent or more of their population since 1980 60 Million, the number of Americans who live in small towns, or one in five 5 Percent of Americans who possessed a college education in 1940 51 Percent of women age 18 – 24 who had entered or completed […]

  • Re-thinking Education: Focus on University Students Comes at Expense of Everyone Else

    Every child deserves a chance at a college education, but does every child need one? It’s not a popular question to ask in policy circles, but it’s one that one author argues must be asked if we’re going to keep America’s small towns alive.

  • Coming Home: What Brought One Young Person Back to Door County

    Over Christmas break hundreds of Door County high school graduates came home to visit family and friends. For most of them, such short stops will be their only relationship with their hometowns for decades to come.

  • The Rural Brain Drain

    As much as I love living in Door County and writing about the people here and the problems we face, I can’t help but have this heavy sense that what we all love about this place is slipping away. Men

  • The Small School Experience in Northern Door: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

    The rural school experience is an important part of Americana, the belief that the one-room school in many respects was best. But advocates of a large-school education will point to broader academic curricula, expanded extracurricular choices, better educational facilities, and options for exceptional students to achieve at higher levels. People living in northern Door County, […]

  • Strengthening Security One Backpack at a Time: Door County man soldiers on in Afganistan

    It’s been more than seven years since the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom and invaded Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept.