School Choice, St. Bruno’s, and Annalise

By |2021-09-22T19:02:18+00:00August 10th, 2021|Faces of Choice|

DOUSMAN, WI – On a cold afternoon in February, Annalise Cartwright had a parent-teacher conference unlike any other before. She sat in the brightly colored miniature chairs, customary for her 4-year-old Kindergarten classroom, with her mom, Melissa; dad, Allen; teacher, Juanita Gutbrod; and principal, Ben Holzem. They tried to break the news gently. A fire [...]

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The Wakefield Family at HOPE Via

By |2021-09-22T19:01:47+00:00July 10th, 2021|Faces of Choice|

If there is one thing that 7-year-old Kyan Wakefield has enthusiasm about, it is prayer. The second-grader loves to pray. In fact, he gets a bit overzealous at times, and is gently reminded to cut it short when he leads the prayer at his new school, HOPE Via, in Racine. That doesn’t surprise his parents, [...]

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Amya at the Institute of Technology and Academics

By |2021-09-22T20:14:06+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Faces of Choice|

Far across town from the Institute of Technology and Academics, lives a 15-year-old girl who has been in desperate straits. Her parents struggle with drug addiction, she cannot read and she has resorted to cutting herself to cope with her unhappy life. Things are changing for her, though, and it is all because of one [...]

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Meet Adam, The Social Entrepreneur

By |2021-09-22T20:15:18+00:00June 20th, 2021|Faces of Choice|

There was a time when Bernetta Dokes was in denial. She didn’t want to believe that any of her children had special needs that would impede their academic success. But in the middle of his elementary years, her son Adam was not reading at the rate that would be expected for his age. He was [...]

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Choice Program Empowers Parents

By |2021-09-22T19:03:31+00:00June 10th, 2021|Faces of Choice|

MADISON –On Monday evenings, a handful of parents gather at Lighthouse Christian School to better understand the vital role they play in the successful education of their children. One of them, Marcia Vinveza, joins her colleagues after a day working in a nearby factory. The single mother of a third-grader says she chooses Lighthouse Christian School because [...]

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Sahara Aden at St. Joan Antida in Milwaukee

By |2021-09-22T20:17:01+00:00May 22nd, 2021|Faces of Choice|

Sahara Aden is a St. Joan Antida success story.  Aden graduated from the all-girl, Catholic school in Milwaukee earlier this year and just completed her first trimester at Milwaukee School of Engineering, studying electrical engineering. “I don’t think I’d choose this path without the choice program,” she said in an interview. Ninety-eight percent of St. [...]

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Choice Stories: Meet Tori Jaeger

By |2021-09-10T14:00:00+00:00January 10th, 2021|Faces of Choice|

After more than three decades of school choice in Wisconsin, choice stories are everywhere. The Jaeger family has one of them. For over 30 years, The Jaeger family has found a wellspring of community and opportunity at Trinity Freistadt in Mequon, WI. Their children attend the school which is connected to a ministry with a [...]

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