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Investing in Community Education

The Elmbrook Education Foundation supports the students at all 11 of the District's public schools through its Continuing Education Scholarship, Innovation Grant and Super Grant Programs.  In addition, the Foundation has established an endowment held by the Waukesha County Community Foundation to provide a source of permanent support for Foundation programs. For more information, please refer to the Foundation's web site.

Local Businesses Inducted into WASB 2012 Hall of Fame

The Elmbrook Education Foundation would like to recognize the following businesses for their induction into the Wisconsin Association of School Board's 2012 Hall of Fame.  These businesses have gone above and beyond in crafting programs and/or providing financial support for the benefit of Elmbrook students and schools. 

Pasternak & Zirgibel, S.C.

Pasternak & Zirgibel, S.C. is a locally owned lawfirm and is an active supporter of Elmbrook Schools. They have donated $16,000 to the Elmbrook Education Foundation since 2008 through their titled sponsorship of Elmbrook Education Foundation Events. In addition, Pasternak & Zirgibel has provided over $40,000.00 of financial support to the District via Hillside Elementary (playground appeal, D.A.R.E. sponsor), Wisconsin Hills Middle School (gym floor) and Brookfield Central High School (athletics score board appeal, booster club support, girls basketball program, boys basketball program, and football program). They also previously donated approximately $15,000.00 as a sponsor for fundraising events that support the District's fine arts facility partner, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. In summary, Pasternak & Zirgibel, S.C. has provided more than $70,000.00 in support of Elmbrook since the firm moved to Brookfield in 2007.

WaterStone Bank

WaterStone Bank has been a partner of the Elmbrook Education Foundation for the past 7 years. Since that time, they have donated a total of $34,000 to fund continuing education scholarships for Elmbrook graduates. Representatives from WaterStone personally present their scholarship awards each year. They annually serve as a community sponsor for the Foundation's Fundraising Events. WaterStone representatives attend Foundation events to further support the Elmbrook community. They also hosted the EEF's 50th Anniversary Celebration ribbon cutting on behalf of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. In addition, they have provided $31,500 in financial support to Elmbrook's fine arts facility partner, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has been the Athletic Trainer service provider for the School District of Elmbrook for 10+ years. For a very minimum cost the district is provided a full time trainer at each high school year round to cover the training room from 11:00 AM through at least 5:30 PM daily during the school year and for all athletic home events. This community partnership has allowed us to have athletic trainer coverage that is the envy of our conference and southeast Wisconsin. The benefit for our student-athletes and programs is invaluable. Wheaton Franciscan has also taken on the lead role in the development and mentoring of those involved in our student athletic training program, as well as sponsoring with cash donations, and/or services provided free of extra charges for many of our special events, i.e. East track meet sponsor, trainer coverage for Jr. Lancer/Spartan events, Golf outing hole sponsors, relay for life coverage, offering ImPact concussion testing for all student athletes free of charge, and free physicals for our athletes.  Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has also been a sponsor of the Elmbrook Education Foundation's Ladies Night fundraiser since its inception in 2003.

Stir Crazy Asian Grill

Stir Crazy began supporting Elmbrook Schools when they opened their doors in Brookfield. Their grand opening event served as a fundraiser that yielded a $1,500 contribution to the Elmbrook Education Foundation, which support educational grants district wide. They continue to support the Foundation with in-kind donations to event raffles and silent auctions. The restaurant also supports culture and climate goals at both the district’s middle schools by offering incentives to students for doing the right things, being good citizens, and doing their best work. One student is selected each month to be a Stir Crazy Student of the Month and is awarded a $100 gift card to Stir Crazy and a $100 American Express gift card. There is great excitement each month winners are surprised the Stir Crazy manager, Doban, and school principals. Since the launch of this program, overall behavioral infraction rates have decreased by 40%. Stir Crazy also provides incentives for Students of the Month at Swanson Elementary School.


Target’s Take Charge of Education program provides generous financial contributions to the School District of Elmbrook. The district receives approximately $10,000 annually on behalf of 380 Red Card holders who have designated an Elmbrook school to receive 1% of total purchases on their Red Card. This program allows parents, grandparents, alumni and community members to support local education just by shopping at Target. The store also recently provided a $500 grant to Swanson Elementary School to fund new books for its library.

These businesses will be recognized at the Elmbrook School Board meeting on October 23rd.  For more information, please refer to the following links:

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