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Children’s museums in Fond du Lac, Sheboygan begin to reopen, time slots available

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

From Staff Reports USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Fond du Lac children’s Museum reopens after closing for pandemic. Members (and Welcome Back Pass holders) can come in any of four time slots with reservation.

FOND DU LAC – The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac has partially reopened and is now accepting visit reservations.

The museum expects to provide reservation options through June 13 as part of a “Welcome Back Period,” it announced last week. It has partnered with Above & Beyond Children’s Museum of Sheboygan to bring this program to life. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, previous phases have allowed limited access to the museum’s spaces. The addition of weekend hours is based on a reopening plan that was approved by the organization’s board of directors as well as the local departments of public health.

“The caring and proactive thinking of our generous donors and the creativity of our staff has resulted in a collaborative Welcome Back Program that will support families while they are returning to our museums,” Andrea Welsch, executive director of the Fond du Lac museum, said in the announcement. 

Due to financial support from the Efroymson Family Foundation, National Exchange Bank Foundation and the Frank G & Frieda K Brotz Family Foundation, more than 1,600 families have received free “Welcome Back Passes” which provide admission to both museums.

Passes can also be purchased through the museum’s website, and are valid for the entire Welcome Back Period. Anyone experiencing financial hardship can have fees waived by submitting an “Every Child Every Family”

Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Two-hour time slots can be reserved by calling 920-929-0707 or online at cmfdl.org. 

Above & Beyond Children’s Museum is open 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Time slots can be reserved by calling 920-458-4263 or online at abkids.org. 

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Fond du Lac Children’s Museum re-opens after closing for pandemic

Monday, March 15th, 2021


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Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac Adds Weekend Hours

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac will be offering reservation options for members and the community from March 13 – June 13, during its “Welcome Back Period”, part of a collaborative program with the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum of Sheboygan. This timeframe marks Phase 4 for the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, previous phases have allowed limited access to its outdoor space and to its interior by private reservations. The addition of weekend hours is based on a reopening plan that was approved by the organizations’ board of directors as well as their local departments of public health. 

Due to generous financial support from the Efroymson Family Foundation, National Exchange Bank Foundation and the Frank G & Frieda K Brotz Family Foundation, over 1,600 families have received free “Welcome Back Passes”, which provide admission to both museums. Passes can also be purchased online for $45 through the museum’s website, and are valid for the entire Welcome Back Period. The museum seeks to welcome all children. Anyone experiencing financial hardship can have fees waived by submitting an “Every Child Every Family” application, which takes only a few minutes to complete. 

“The caring and proactive thinking of our generous donors and the creativity of our staff has resulted in a collaborative Welcome Back Program that will support families while they are returning to our museums,” noted Andrea Welsch, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. 

The March 13 reopening phase will incorporate limited attendance (beginning with 25%), new hours of operation and even more rigorous safety and sanitation measures. “We are so excited that this partnership program will support children and families and help them feel comfortable and safe in our spaces once again,” added Jackie Erdman , executive director of Above & Beyond. 

To reserve your “2 hours of fun” timeslots, or for more information, visit cmfdl.org or abkids.org. Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac 

● Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am – 4:00pm 

● “Two Hours of Fun” reservations, limited to 30 guests per time slot. 

● 920-929-0707 / cmfdl.org 

Above & Beyond Children’s Museum 

● Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 9-11am and 12:30-2:30pm 

● **Limited to 30 guests per time slot** 

● 920-458-4263 / abkids.org 

Children and their families will be able to return to the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac on weekends, beginning March 13. To reserve your spot, go to cmfdl.org. COVID-19 precautions, including limited attendance and rigorous safety and sanitization procedures have been implemented.
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Children’s Museum’s Black History Month Display travels to area school.

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac (CMFDL) lent its display to St Mary’s Springs Academy (SMSA).  The display features notable figures in American history who made a significant impact, including authors, inventors, civil rights activists, and more. The highlighted heroes include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Madame C.J. Walker, George Washington Carver, Garrett Morgan, Thurgood Marshall, and former President Barack Obama, among many others. The larger than life sized images and educational panels were complemented by dozens of literature pieces, which were donated to SMSA by families and friends.  

“This exhibit supported our students by providing auditory, visual and tactile experiences for them to learn about our country’s amazing black leaders.  We were grateful for the opportunity to share this with our students”, commented Nichole Rusniazcek, SMSA Media Specialist.  

The Black History Month Display was also featured in CMFDL’s “Museum Fun From Home” offerings, a new line of service developed in response to the pandemic. Families can enjoy more educational resources provided by this display by visiting the CMFDL’s website and searching the museum’s Facebook display.  

“The Black History Month Display, along with our “Tashi Deley” initiative and free program materials make it easy for grown-ups to share meaningful and relevant education with children as well as to encourage them to connect with people of all races and backgrounds and to celebrate diversity”, added Andrea Welsch, CMFDL Executive Director.   

During the 2020/2021 school year, CMFDL has been partnering with schools on a variety of levels including sharing educational materials, displays and even physical learning space, by renting out its facility to the Treffert Way for the Exceptional Mind Charter school.  Beginning March 13, families will be welcomed back into the facility using a weekend reservation system. For more information, visit cmfdl.org.

Students from Amanda Johnson’s 3rd Grade Class at St Mary’s Springs Academy engaged in learning provided by a Black History Month Display on loan from the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac.  For more information, visit cmfdl.org. Photo Credit: Rebecca Garcia
Students from Amanda Johnson’s 3rd Grade Class at SMSA enjoyed a Black History Month Display on loan from the Children’s Museum to learn about influential people such as Maya Angelou and many others during the month of February. For more information, visit cmfdl.org. Photo Credit: Rebecca Garcia
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‘Tashi Deley:’ Fond du Lac community launches initiative on honoring others, celebrating differences

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Daphne Lemke Fond du Lac Reporter

FOND DU LAC – “Tashi Deley” is a Tibetan greeting that author Rebecca Braden, the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac and Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners are using to encourage participants to celebrate the beauty of diversity.

Rather than “hello,” the saying (pronounced Taa-SHE Duh-LAY) translates to “I honor the greatness in you,” according to Braden’s children’s book, “Sanjaygawa and the Yak Whisperer.”

The Children’s Museum launched the Tashi Deley initiative as this month’s installment of its regular educational fun kits, but the message and impact will last long after February’s over. 

The kit includes one copy of “Sanjaygawa and the Yak Whisperer” per household, plus one resource packet per child, which includes four written activity sheets and materials for a hands-on craft project.

The Children's Museum of Fond du Lac launched an initiative in February around the phrase "Tashi Deley," a Tibetan greeting that means "I honor the greatness in you." Rebecca Braden's book "Sanjaygawa and the Yak Whisperer" is a main focus.
The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac launched an initiative in February around the phrase “Tashi Deley,” a Tibetan greeting that means “I honor the greatness in you.” Rebecca Braden’s book “Sanjaygawa and the Yak Whisperer” is a main focus.

The Tashi Deley initiative is offered in collaboration with Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners, a Fond du Lac nonprofit organization that guides local servant leaders — leaders whose philosophy is to serve their industry by sharing power and focusing on employees’ or members’ needs — with learning programs and tools.

“(Tashi Deley) really means, ‘I honor the place in you,’ where your hopes, your dreams, your love and your courage reside,” Braden said in an interview with Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners, published on its YouTube channel. “I honor that place in you, where if you’re in that place with you, and I’m in that place with me, then we’re one.”

Braden’s book tells the story of a young shepherdess in the Colorado Rockies that whispers “wonderings” to her yaks, and one day, she wonders something that prompts her favorite yak, Sanjaygawa, to finally answer her. 

The yak encourages the shepherdess to teach the “Young Ones” to respect and honor the greatness in themselves and everyone around them, regardless of their differences.

Using this message, the Children’s Museum and local educators are encouraging the same in the community and beyond.

“Truly, change in this world starts with the children,” Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Lamb said.

Kits are available at the Children’s Museum, 75 W. Scott St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Additionally, Sophia Partners is hosting this month’s virtual Community of Practice sessions with Braden, including the Leaders do Lunch event at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, discussing the connection of “Tashi Deley” to servant leadership.

Registration is available at sophiapartners.org/events.

‘Tashi Deley’ will spread beyond February

The Children’s Museum and Sophia Partners were not unfamiliar with Braden and her book, as Braden had previously been a guest at Sophia Partners as a servant leader herself. The stars seemed to have aligned for this initiative to be launched now, Lamb said, when the community needs a reminder to honor the greatness in others.

The book is written as a “story of hope for Young Ones of all ages,” according to the title page, because its message is helpful to adults as well. As part of the initiative, parents are encouraged to read the book to their children and help them through the activities so that they also internalize the need to honor and celebrate the differences in others.

Beyond families, this initiative is coming to local classrooms as well, Lamb said. In a few pilot classrooms, partnering educators will implement the Tashi Deley activity kit curriculum in their lessons. From there, the initiative can adjust and expand into classrooms and children’s museums outside of Fond du Lac.

In a time when the Children’s Museum can’t host field trips and children aren’t able to go many places, the Tashi Deley activities allow for continued engagement in a creative way, especially since it ties strongly into the existing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, Executive Director Andrea Welsch said.

The pilot classrooms include first- and third-grade classes at Mayville and Lomira elementary schools and St. Mary’s Springs Academy, as well as Treffert Way School for the Exceptional Mind. Participating educators can use the book and activities as a resource to supplement their curriculum goals.

Tiffany Dolan of Treffert Way is one of the participating educators, and will use the materials with her second- through fifth-graders during part of her morning advisory time.

“In class, we have recently been focusing on gratitude and happiness,” she said. “I think my students will enjoy the lessons, focusing on what makes others great and how we can help and honor others to find success and happiness.”

In the community, local “Activity Ambassadors” are also contributing through a series of interviews, each corresponding with one of the written activities, that will be streamed on the Children’s Museum’s Facebook page.

Braden is one of these ambassadors, and is joined by Keywon Brown, Fond du Lac Police Department’s Computer Forensic Investigator and founder of volunteer project Life Enforcement, which focuses on selfless acts of kindness to make a difference in the community.

Fond du Lac Literary Services Coordinator Juana Montes-Hernandez and local band Northsoul member Travis Worth will also lend their thoughts in inspiring the community to learn about recognizing and honoring the greatness in others.

“One thing children’s museums are known for in the community is teaching kids about social issues,” Welsch said. “Tashi Deley will inspire these kind of conversations.”

For anyone who can’t make it to the Children’s Museum this month, the activity sheets are available on cmfdl.org, alongside a recording of Braden reading “Sanjaygawa and the Yak Whisperer.”

Contact Daphne Lemke at 920-907-7968 or dlemke@gannett.com.

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Salvation Army of Fond du Lac Red Kettles to benefit from $100,000 Red Kettle Match

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

FOND DU LAC – The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac’s 130th Red Kettle Campaign launched in crisis for the first time in its history with fewer kettle locations, fewer bell ringers and less store traffic threaten the iconic fundraiser. 

To help, West Shore Group, Inc., Osborn & Son Trucking and an anonymous donor have pledged the largest Red Kettle Match in the history of Fond du Lac — the three will match up to $100,000 of Red Kettle directed donations made:

  • Online to the virtual Red Kettles at safdl.org and/or radioplusinfo.com by Dec. 31
  • At Red Kettle locations: Festival Foods, Fleet Farm, Walgreens, Pick ‘n’ Save, Faris Gourmet popcorn, Philly’s on Fourth St., Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, Kristmas Kringle Shop and counter-sized red kettles locations through Dec. 24.
  • 6 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Donut forget to Donate collection, Dunkin’ Donuts, 735 W. Johnson St.
  • Donations can be received at 237 N. Macy St. earmarked Red Kettle through Dec. 31
  • Text FDLKettle to 24365

Funds fuel Fond du Lac County’s largest food pantry and summer Brown Bag Lunch giveaway; the County’s only winter warming shelter; free youth programs and summer camps; Fond du Lac’s oldest Christmas toy, food and gift outreach, an emergency disaster assistance program that is playing a vital role in helping Fond du Lac households overcome the crippling impact of COVID-19.. 

The match doubles the proceeds generated from local businesses joining forces and leveraging their products to help the Red Kettles. Faris Gourmet Popcorn & Treats creates a signature Cherry Red Kettle Corn and donates proceeds to the kettles, and Papa John’s Pizza of Fond du Lac donates proceeds of every online order with promo code: SARMY30. 

Maj. Jon Welch holds up a Kettle Cash coupon donated by a child who is learning the value of sharing from the  financial literacy program created by Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac and Verve, a Credit Union. Children choose to spend, save or share with this year’s Red Kettle Campaign and Verve turns each coupon into $1 which the match doubles.
Maj. Jon Welsch holds up a Kettle Cash coupon donated by a child who is learning the value of sharing from the financial literacy program created by Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac and Verve, a Credit Union. Children choose to spend, save, or share with this year’s Red Kettle Campaign and Verve turns each coupon into $1 which the match doubles. Courtesy of Connie Millard

Every Kettle Cash coupon from the financial literacy program created by Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac and Verve, A Credit Union that’s dropped in a red kettle will be matched as well.

“This community is a blessing,” said Maj. Jon Welch. “Working together, we can rescue Christmas and restore hope.”

For more information, visit The Salvation Army Facebook page or safdl.org. Also, volunteer to bell ring at registertoring.com or call 920-923-8220.

Volunteers help The Salvation Army prepare to distribute toys, food and gifts to fill an unprecedented 1,700 children’s Christmas wish lists and the holiday needs of almost 700 families.
Volunteers help The Salvation Army prepare to distribute toys, food and gifts to fill an unprecedented 1,700 children’s Christmas wish lists and holiday needs of almost 700 families. Courtesy of Connie Millard
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ACM Launches “Museums Mobilize” to Highlight COVID-19 Responses

Monday, November 30th, 2020

 —Campaign Tagline #MuseumsMobilize captures efforts

ARLINGTON, VA (November 30, 2020)—The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) has launched Museums Mobilize, a new initiative to highlight how children’s museums around the world are supporting children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign documents and amplifies museum efforts over the past eight months, and also provides resources to help ACM member museums communicate their work at the local level. 

“Since March, children’s museums around the world have launched new efforts and transformed existing ones to support children, families, and communities facing unprecedented challenges,” said ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus. “In these trying times, children’s museums have leveraged their expertise in child-and play-centered approaches to academic and social-emotional learning to meet direct and pressing needs—as shown in our new initiative, Museums Mobilize.”

Examples of children’s museum efforts include the Children’s Museum of Fond Du Lac partnership with the North Fond Du Lac School District to house the Treffert Way for the Exceptional Mind school; Louisiana Children’s Museum’s partnership with Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health to offer the In Dialogue Video Chat Series, a webinar series that demystifies mental health issues for caregivers and their children; and the Museum of Discovery and Science’s MODS PODS program for distance learners in grades K-3.

To help shape the campaign, ACM is collecting stories of impact from our more than 300 children’s museum members around the world. These stories will be shared across ACM’s channels in the coming months. ACM is also building a network of global partners to increase children’s museums’ capacity to serve their communities. The first partner in the Museums Mobilize network is Nickelodeon.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 460 members in 50 states and 19 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.

Tags: COVID-19Museums MobilizeMODSChildren’s Museum of Fond Du LacLouisiana Children’s Museum

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Together FDL encourages giving back for Giving Tuesday as pandemic continues into holiday season

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Daphne Lemke Fond du Lac Reporter

Together FDL Leaders, from left, Christa Williams, Executive Director of Sophia Partners; Amber Kilawee, Executive Director of Fond du Lac United Way; and Andrea Welsch, Executive Director Children's Museum of Fond du Lac.
Together FDL Leaders, from left, Christa Williams, Executive Director of Sophia Partners, Amber Kilawee, Executive Director of Fond du Lac United Way, and Andrea Welsch, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Courtesy of Together FDL

FOND DU LAC – After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — and, finally, Giving Tuesday. 

Giving Tuesday is a national initiative that has encouraged people to do good for the past eight years, through charity or other ways of giving back to their communities.

Several Fond du Lac nonprofits have previously spearheaded Giving Tuesday events. Earlier this year, many of them came together to form Together FDL, an organization that raises money for local programs and services impacted by the pandemic.

This collaboration originally launched for the nationwide Giving Tuesday Now, an additional Giving Tuesday event on May 5 meant to inspire others to give back in any way they could as COVID-19 put a halt to many operations.

For this Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1, Together FDL is encouraging everyone to participate in the movement between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2 by donating money or time, or otherwise getting involved in the community.

“Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give,” Together FDL Movement co-leader Christa Williams said in a press release.

15 nonprofits band together for Fond du Lac

The Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners is an organization that supports local transformative leaders through learning programs and success tools.

In a virtual meeting in April, the group’s board invited 38 local nonprofits to discuss a possible initiative. Many of the nonprofits were small, and didn’t have their own national network for support.

In the end, 11 others joined the movement, and more came and went as the year progressed. Now, the organizations that make up Together FDL are:

  • ASTOP
  • Beacon House
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac
  • Ebony Vision
  • Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac County
  • Fond du Lac BlueLine
  • Fond du Lac Historical Society
  • Fond du Lac Literacy Services
  • Fondy Food Pantry
  • Goebel Family Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Series
  • New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center
  • Marian University’s Working Families Grant
  • Solutions Center
  • Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners.

These organizations serve the community by feeding, healing, sheltering, educating, nurturing and inspiring people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic status, according to the press release. 

Their support to the community ripples out into a “wave of generosity” for Fond du Lac. 

“Giving Tuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe,” the press release said.

Donations are accepted on togetherfdl.com, either to Together FDL as a whole or to any one of the participating organizations. Those that wish to donate by mail can make checks payable to Together FDL c/o Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners at P.O. Box 1251, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1251.

Visit the Together FDL website for more information on the initiative and how to give back.

Contact Daphne Lemke at 920-907-7968 or dlemke@gannett.com.

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