Partners in Education: Giving Back to the Community
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GREEN BAY - Making a difference. That's the goal of Ann Washington, a Green Bay woman who is carrying on her late husband's legacy by giving back to those who need it most.
For years, Ann was married to Jack Washington, a popular educator at several Green Bay public schools.
"Jack was a bigger-than-life individual. He lived life large, he loved large," said Ann.
Tragically, Washington passed away in 2003 due to a heart attack. But today, his legacy of helping students in need lives on.
"The Wonderful World Fund was created a year after Jack passed away, and it was because of Jack identifying the need to help students in our district that didn't have those additional fees for extracurricular classes or for supplies or for athletic wear," Ann explained.
Now, Ann is partnering with Smart Cow, a Green Bay yogurt bar with a mission.
"Whoever comes into this store, we're able to give some of those proceeds back to education," said Smart Cow Owner Rene Hoffman.
In the four months it's been open, Green Bay's Smart Cow has donated over $7,800 to area schools. Now, the company is hoping to raise money for the Jack Washington Wonderful World Fund, helping students who might otherwise fall through the cracks.
"Over the last ten years, it will be ten years this year, we have raised over $160 thousand dollars," said Washington.
Washington says there's a lot that can be learned from the way her husband lived his life.
"When you see an opportunity to help out someone, take that opportunity," she said. "Don't miss it."