Governor Resorter

Walker touts reading in visit to EL-GES
Review story and photos by
Emmitt B. Feldner

ELKHART LAKE – Students at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Elementary School got a powerful message from Gov. Scott Walker Thursday in one word – read.

The governor visited the school to make a donation of 100 books to the school’s library. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah was one of 16 schools to receive the donation in a cooperative effort between Scholastic Books and Walker.

Before he presented the books to elementary school principal Deb Hammann, Walker toured the school, from the playground to the Makers Lab, and interacted with students in his hour-plus long visit.

Walker emphasized the value of reading to junior kindergarteners, fourth graders and the entire elementary school at a rally in the middle school gymnasium.

He recalled his own childhood, when he and his younger brother would take their wagon to the library in Delavan, where they grew up, during the summer and fill it up with books to read.

Walker admitted that one of the goals was to read enough books to earn free tickets to the Great America amusement park in a summer reading contest.

But he quickly added that he – and his brother – gained much more from their reading than a few quick thrill rides at Great America.

Walker also noted that his wife, Tonette – who was unable to join him on his visit due to other obligations – is an even more avid reader than he is, reading several books a week and always having a book on her night table to read before going to sleep each night.

In the junior kindergarten classroom, Walker helped students identify letters to fill up an alphabet letter garden.

He shared his summer reading adventure story with fourth graders and encouraged them in their Wisconsin Timber Rattlers-sponsored Fang’s Reading Club competition.


Gov. Scott Walker was the guest of honor at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Elementary School Thursday. The state’s chief executive was there to present a donation of 100 books to the school from Scholastic Books. The governor spent more than an hour at the school, visiting the junior kindergarten classroom (above), Karen Propson’s fourth-grade class (bottom right) and the Makers Lab (below) before addressing all of the elementary school students (top) in the middle school gym, where he also got his picture taken with the entire school (cover). Gov. Scott Walker was the guest of honor at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Elementary School Thursday. The state’s chief executive was there to present a donation of 100 books to the school from Scholastic Books. The governor spent more than an hour at the school, visiting the junior kindergarten classroom (above), Karen Propson’s fourth-grade class (bottom right) and the Makers Lab (below) before addressing all of the elementary school students (top) in the middle school gym, where he also got his picture taken with the entire school (cover). Walker told them he had met Fang, the mascot for the minorleague baseball team in Appleton, recently and had been given his own personalized Timber Rattlers jersey shirt.

He even got a little quiz in when he noted that he had received a similar gift from the Milwaukee Brewers with his name and the number 45 on it.

He asked the fourth-graders what the significance of the number was and explained that he is the 45th governor of the state of Wisconsin.




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