Community leader to receive Friend of Education award from state

4 individuals, 1 business to be recognized for contributions made to students
Community leader to receive Friend of Education award from state

A local community leader will be awarded a 2014 Friend of Education award Thursday as part of State Superintendent Tony Evers’ State of Education address, according to a release.

The four individuals and one business receiving awards are being recognized for the contributions they have made to students and education in their local communities or across the state, officials said.

“Our public schools need community support led by individuals and organizations that are dedicated to student success,” Evers said in the release. “It is through their work and volunteer service that we see a real demonstration of what it means to be a Friend of Education.”

Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, will be honored because he had made it his priority to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club continues to be a leader in youth development, according to the release.

Under Johnson’s leadership, the Boys and Girls Club’s AVID/TOPS Program has produced high graduation rates for five consecutive years, and the club has expanded to more than 100 full and part-time staff who work in public schools throughout the county.

Others receiving the award include Dan Ariens, of the Ariens Company in Brillion; Darryl Morin, with the League of United Latin American Citizens in Milwaukee County; Peter Yang, with the Hmong American Center in Wausau; and WKBT News 8 in La Crosse.