Home and Community Education helps students in many ways


Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Helen Raddant, president of Home and Community Education, holds a book that she reads to kids through the Wisconsin Bookworms program.

Home and Community Education helps students, and one of the ways is with scholarships. A $350 scholarship is available by filling out an application by April 22 with the winner notified at its annual Spring Banquet on May 7.

The student must live in Shawano County, retain a 2.5 grade point average, and be enrolled as a full-time student. The scholarship will be paid after completion of one semester at a college or technical college.

Deanna Zernicke was the 2017 winner and will be the guest speaker at HCE’s International Night on April 19. Zernicke is a sophomore majoring in economics and agricultural business management at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Last summer, she traveled to Africa and Tanzania with the Global Food Challenge Fellowship.

The scholarship is just one of the many ways the organization helps students. They also have Wisconsin Bookworms where they read to kids at Shawano Head Start, Bear Cubs, and Stockbridge Head Start. The UW-Extension purchases the books that are given to the children after the reading. Sandy Wendorff is co-chair of the program for the district.

“Last year, we read 57 books per month from October to May,” said HCE president Helen Raddant. “Shawano County has been involved for 17 years.”

They earn funds for their projects at the Red Barn at Charlie’s. This year, they will be there Aug. 9-11.

They also earn funds at their spring event with their raffle baskets and recognize longtime members.

“We honor all members who have been in 50 or more years,” Raddant said.

This year the 12 women and their years in HCE are: Tillie Kallies 59, Jeanette Pitt 63, Bev Fink 63, Audrey Wussow 60, Doris Buchholz 71, Marge Ainsworth 66, Joyce Natzke 62, Hazel Kucksdorf 54, Marcy Rosenow 60, Barbara Erb 57, Sharon Schlender 58, and June Bethke 58.

There are nine clubs with 82 members. There are also individual members.

Through their membership they can go to lessons on things like health and get together to do community projects.

“A lot of the clubs donate to food pantries,” Raddant said.

HCE meets bimonthly or as needed, but not during the summer. Other officers are Janet Lane, secretary; and JoAnne Fehrman, treasurer. Shawano County is divided into three areas and center chairpersons are Sandy Smith, Carol Sybeldon, and Ellie Borre.

Scholarship applications are available at the UW-Extension office or online at www.shawano.uwex.edu under Family Living. For information, call Raddant at 715-526-2919.