DD loves DD and the spirit of giving
DELAVAN — The Delavan-Darien communities have a strong affinity for another double-D, this one being Green Bay Packer’s all-time leading receiver and Super Bowl champion Donald Driver.
For the second time in three years, the four-time Pro Bowler will visit Delavan as part of the Goodwill Industries Pack’er Up Challenge.
On Wednesday, June 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Driver will visit Wileman Elementary School, which dominated this year’s donation-giving event sponsored by Goodwill. Across southeastern Wisconsin, Goodwill employees counted donations over the month of April and kept records when donators said they were giving in the name of a participating school.
Wileman’s final donation count was a staggering 176,673 items. Second place was a distant 50,281 items. The 2016 effort collected more than 1.5 million items for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin.
The individual school total shattered an event record, which was also set by a Delavan school.
In 2014, Driver came to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School after students and families donated a then-record 106,893 pieces toward that school’s challenge.
Wileman received tremendous help and coordination of collecting items from the school’s Parent Advisory Council.
“Parent and staff volunteers helped out at Goodwill, assisting with the unloading of the donations when people came in with goods to give away,” said Principal Becky Schneider.
“We were in it to win it, and through hard work and community involvement, we were able to achieve it,” said WPAC member Leslie Pelnar.
Second and third place winning schools, respectively, were Park Lawn Elementary in Oconomowoc and Ben Franklin Elementary in Menomonee Falls.
Dousman Transport Company, Delavan-Darien’s bus provider, also helped by accepting and storing items that would be going to Goodwill. Dousman collected so many donated items that they filled two full buses and made the huge delivery prior to the April 30 deadline.
The school will spend the few short weeks before Driver’s visit preparing for the private celebration. Driver, who is flying in from Texas for the special occasion, will bring along an autographed Packers helmet and a dozen signed copies of his “Quickie” series children’s books.
“The students and staff cannot wait for the visit,” Schneider said. “All the hard work of the school and community has paid off. We are very lucky to be in such a great community that pulls together to accomplish such amazing tasks in support of our children and neighbors.”
About Wileman Elementary School
Wileman Elementary, located on Delavan’s east side, is a school of about 240 students from preschool through grade 5. The mission of the Delavan-Darien School District, a partnership of students, families, staff and community, is to ensure each student is prepared to succeed and contribute as a 21st century citizen by providing a real-world education that is engaging, thought-provoking, and culturally diverse.
About Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
Goodwill’s mission is to provide training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. is the largest Goodwill organization among 164 agencies in North America. In 2015, Goodwill provided services for nearly 70,000 men and women with disabilities and disadvantages.
- WHO: Donald Driver and the students and staff of Wileman Elementary School
- WHAT: Goodwill Pack’er Up Donation Challenge 2016 Grand Prize
- WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
- WHERE: Wileman Elementary School, 1001 E. Geneva St., Delavan
- WHY: Wileman Elementary School won this year’s Pack’er Up Donation Challenge by having a record 176,673 items donated to Goodwill in the school’s name.
- MORE INFO: Visit: http://www.amazinggoodwill.com/packer-up
- FOR CITIZENS: Donald Driver fans are asked to help us show our Green Bay Packers and Delavan-Darien pride by lining the both sides of Highway 50 — between Walgreens and U.S. Bank — at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, and welcoming our special visitor.