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Wilson Elementary Lines Up Year-Long Events to Celebrate School's 50th Anniversary

In 1958 Wilson Elementary School was inaugurated as part of the Sheboygan Area School District.

In recent history the school has been the recipient of the 2005 No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School and the 1990 National School of Excellence award and has been proven as one of the district's strongest elementary schools both academically and in attendance.

"The students, the staff and the families have united to put education first and the success is continually awe-inspiring," said Tom Binder, principal of Wilson Elementary School.

Binder has been principal of Wilson for 18 of the last 50 years and his greeting of the students at the start of every day as he helps them cross the circle drive has become a mainstay for students and their families.

To celebrate the school's 50th anniversary a number of festivities are planned throughout the year including community service activities. The first is a school supply drive which will take place in September.

Also in September will be an all-school Wilson Family Brat Fry held September 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

"We've planned an amazing line-up for this year's brat fry," said Binder. Used as a fundraiser for the school, the brat fry will feature a car show with vehicles from various eras, games from the '50s, a special visit from "Elvis," and the opportunity to purchase Wilson Cookbooks and Memory Bricks.

The calendar of events includes:

  • 19th � Wilson Family Brat Fry (Car Show with cars from different eras, games from the 50's , Elvis will make an appearance, Wilson Cookbooks & Memory Bricks on sale, Wilson Wear w/50th logo orders taken)
  • Community service activity � School supply collection
  • 7th - Wilson Open House and Book Fair (Wilson Cookbooks/Memory Bricks on sale, Wilson Wear w/50th logo orders taken, Stop in and have your family video recorded for the 50th celebration commerative DVD-Free)
  • Community service activity � Hat/Mitten Drive along with "Change for Change" jars
  • Community service activity - "I care kits" for homeless adolescents-made up of donated personal hygiene products
  • Community service activity � New toy drive
  • 17th � "Rededication to Education" celebration (Open house at Wilson from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Special guest speakers, performances by PAWS, open to the public. (snow date is January 18th), Wilson Cookbooks/Memory Bricks on sale)
  • Community service activity �Pet supplies to benefit two left paws
  • Cutest Pet contest � Staff
  • Ice Cream Social � 50's style
  • Community service activity � Make Valentines for shut-ins to be delivered with the meals on wheels
  • Community service activity-Food Drive
  • Spring Dance � Sock Hop
  • Wilson School outdoor school beautification day (Date tbd) (Dedication of 4 trees in honor of the past principals of Wilson School, Memory brick installation around the flag pole)

Individuals who would like more information are asked to contact Michelle Nelson at: and April Mueller at: for community service projects. Pictures of any events should be sent to Kristin Murphy at:

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 16, 2008