Join the AmazonSmile program and bring some smiles to WATG!
Chances are, you’ve bought at least one thing from Amazon in the past year. If you’re like many of us, you shop there throughout the year, and you may even be in the middle of shopping for the holidays right now!
Why not support WATG while you shop? It’s really easy.
First visit Smile.Amazon.com - I recommend bookmarking it.
Sign in to AmazonSmile.com just as you would for Amazon.com.
Now select your charity - Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted.
That’s it - now just shop as you usually do, and Amazon Smile Foundation contributes .5% of your purchase price to WATG.
You’ll know that your purchase is helping WATG when you see something like the image below on your screen:
Every penny raised helps your volunteer board of directors carry out WATG’s mission: to educate about and advocate for the needs of gifted.
Of course, the AmazonSmile program has some exclusions, so here’s the fine print.
After you finish reading our newsletter, take a second to go bookmark Smile.Amazon.com and select WATG as your charity. And thanks for helping us make a difference for the gifted in Wisconsin.
Meet the Board - hillarie Roth
Hillarie Roth is the mom of two gifted and talented daughters who keep her on her toes. She has been a highly successful homemaker for nearly 15 years, able to spot a bargain from a mile away, bake a cake from several feet away, hand a tissue before the sneeze and has pedaled a bicycle to the “Top of the World”. She is a radio announcer, and she regales the Chippewa Valley with amusing stories from the news and her home when she’s not playing the best music in Western Wisconsin, nay, the world. Not only does she keep a firm thumb on the pulse of the Chippewa Valley, she is a former trauma nurse, a current police and fire commissioner, and an incurable volunteer, often finding herself organizing outings ranging in size from small to you’re-not-seriously-gonna…Oh yes she is.
When youth are engaged in their communities, they bring radical imagination to help move their communities forward. WATG organized an interactive session for Wisconsin Youth through our annual teen conference. Students from various middle and high schools in WI had a great opportunity to participate in this conference and learn how they can ensure their voices are heard on the issues that matter to them.
Thanks to Oregon High School students for participating in this conference and sharing their action plan with WATG. We wish them best of luck with their efforts.
Read their proposal
Clasen Scholarship Fund
The Wisconsin Association for the Talented and Gifted (WATG) is pleased to announce the establishment of a scholarship fund for students attending courses offered by the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY). WCATY is part of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An anonymous donor has established an endowment to honor the late Dr. Robert Clasen and his wife Dr. Donna Rae Clasen, both leaders in gifted education in Wisconsin. Additional donations to the fund can be made in any amount as memorial tributes to the Clasen's. Please send your donation with a check made out to "UW Foundation" and a memo line of "Clasen Scholarship for the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth" to this address:
U.S. Bank Lockbox
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807
Thank you for helping gifted students in Wisconsin!
Meet the board - Mollie Grinnell
Mollie recently joined the WATG board as a parent representative. She lives on a homestead near the south shore of Lake Superior with her husband and 10-year-old gifted daughter. Mollie’s entry into the world of giftedness began with the birth of her daughter, though she did not realize it until two years ago when she happened upon an article on the subject. Recognizing that she was raising a gifted child brought clarity to her daughter’s interests, behaviors, and challenges in the public school.
Mollie has focused on meeting her daughter’s educational, emotional, and social needs as a gifted child. In an attempt to get her daughter’s needs met, Mollie has worked with two school districts—one without a formal GT program and another with a robust GT program. When neither school district was able to academically challenge her daughter, nor provide a peer group, Mollie began home schooling. Because local gifted resources are virtually non-existent where she lives, Mollie has utilized online learning opportunities to assist in meeting her daughter’s needs as well as mentors from around the country. Additionally, Mollie is familiar with organizations, such as the Davidson Institute and PGRetreat, that specialize in the needs of the profoundly gifted.
Mollie’s commitment to gifted children and their parents is a direct result of her experiences with her daughter. She hopes to help gifted children and their families overcome common problems—the absence of early identification, insufficient challenge in school, the lack of understanding of their special needs, the scarcity of a peer group and the resulting isolation, and the difficulty of discussing experiences with other parents. Mollie joined the WATG Board of Directors to help other parents navigate these difficult issues and to increase resources available to families with gifted children, particularly those living in rural locations.