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You may have seen Mary Blandino around at any number of events through the years. She has been a coach and volunteer for the WAWM School District and Recreation Dept for many years. Mary has been coordinating the Open Badminton and Pickleball program for over 40 years at several locations in the district. "The thing I enjoy most about the program is working with the participants and providing them an opportunity to play badminton and pickleball within the community." She is also a member of the West Allis Hale Athletic Hall of Fame, Senior Olympics Hall of Fame, and Wisconsin High School Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. You can join Mary at the open badminton and pickleball on Monday evenings from 7-9pm at Lane Intermediate School. Help us thank Mary for her many hours of service to our community. We could not do all of this without you!!
Posted by Laura Wolske  On Nov 29, 2018 at 11:46 AM
                 Have you met Emily?  She’s a bright spotlight at the WAWM RCS Dept. Summer Playgrounds.  This summer, Emily was the Site Leader at Irving Playground and had a blast leading the staff and meeting families.  Emily started working for the WAWM RCS Dept. last summer as the Site Leader at Klentz Park.  At both playgrounds, she says the most rewarding part is connecting with the children and the families and creating lasting memories for them.  Over the past couple of summers, Emily has noticed that community involvement at the Playgrounds is huge and that helps the Playgrounds create memorable events.  One of her favorite events was when Irving Playground hosted a Cultural Day where the families around Irving volunteered and shared cultural traditions and foods.  The children at the playground were very willing to try new foods (even if in the end they did not like it) and enjoyed the Henna art.  Emily is not from West Allis, even though she fits in quite nicely, she actually grew up in Marshfield, Wisconsin and went to college at UW-Green Bay and then attended graduate school at UW-Milwaukee to become a school psychologist.  A huge congratulation to Emily on her new role as a School Psychologist in the Madison School District next fall!  When she has a moment of free time, Emily enjoys being outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and learning how to cook!  You go Emily!
Posted by Laura Wolske  On Aug 01, 2018 at 10:29 AM
Brandon is a senior at West Allis Central High School, he is the treasurer of WAC Honor Society and has been employed with the WAWM RCS Dept. for 3 years.  His duties include refereeing youth sports and working with the After School Action 330 program for elementary age children.  When asked what Brandon enjoyed most about working for the WAWM RCS Dept. he said, “I enjoy being the positive role model that I looked up to when I was a student in Jefferson’s after school program.”  Brandon and other staff members at Action 330 continue that positive reinforcement by giving students small “jobs” each day like snack helpers, snack shack attendants and craft assistants to help build their confidence and independence.  Brandon also stated that the WAWMRCS Dept. has helped him come out of his shell and allowed him to give back in so many ways.  Through Central’s March Madness event, Brandon raised $370.00 for the WAWMRCS Dept. “Champion for a Child Scholarship” program so kids who are in tough financial situations have the same opportunities and experiences as he did! Who is the Champion here?  Brandon Jarumbo!!!! Thank you Brandon from the WAWMRCS Dept. and the children who will benefit from this wonderful donation you have made to the “Championship for a Child Scholarship”!  You are an exceptional young man!
Posted by Laura Wolske  On Jul 03, 2018 at 11:31 AM
We are proud to announce that Evan Barbian, a WAWM RCS employee for 2 years has been nominated for our Staff Spotlight. Evan was nominated by a parent of a child in our WAWM RCS Youth Basketball program. The parent writes that Evan's passion for working with kids really stands out when he referees the basketball program and his constant smile and positive attitude energizes and creates lasting memories with the kids. He is a senior at West Allis Central High School and is the president of the National Honor's Society. He enjoys seeing how eager the kids are to learn and watching them grow from the experience they receive and the friends they make through the league. Evan plans on going to Ripon College next year to study communication and play baseball. Thank you Evan for all that you do!  
Posted by Laura Wolske  On Jul 03, 2018 at 11:31 AM
We would like to thank Beth for her 30+ years of service and congratulate her on retirement.  Beth has been with the WAWM RCS for the past 21 years and in most recently years has taken on the role as our department's first Office Manager.   In addition to her amazing work ethics, Beth had a genuine desire and passion for serving others and was always looking for ways to help others out. With her positive and friendly attitude, she brought a smile to people's faces. Not a staff meeting went by without Beth finding a way to make us all laugh but to also think about how we can serve our community better.   Even at her own "going away lunch" she made us all laugh by "roasting" the WAWM RCS Administrative Team with funny stories and gifts representative of her time in the district with our department.   Beth will be truly missed on our WAWM RCS TEAM!!! Beth has set the bar extremely high, but in true Beth fashion, she has thoroughly trained and prepared our new office manager. She has left the department in a good place.   We wish Beth the best as she now gets to enjoy countless hours with her grandson and granddad, husband, and family and friends. She is a "one-of-a-kind" and we are grateful for all that she contributed to our department, program, team, and community! 
Posted by Laura Wolske  On Jul 03, 2018 at 10:14 AM
Andrea graduated from Illinois State University and has been teaching early childhood classes for the past 4 years.  She is married with one nine year old daughter who is a great helper to her mom. Andrea stated that working for the WAWMRCS Dept. has given her an amazing opportunity to work with preschoolers.  Watching them grow into their own individuals and developing their own thoughts and personalities is just one of the amazing bonuses to her job.  She has seen many children start her programs nervous and apprehensive and gradually turn into happy, confident little people.  When Andrea is not teaching, she volunteers with Girl Scouts, loves to paint and create pottery. Andrea is a major part of the WAWMRCS Dept. early childhood program.  She has ideas some would never think of and she has a smile “every day” she comes to teach her students.  She never pushes a child that does not want to do something but encourages them and by the time the session is over, the child is participating and having fun.  Andrea knows kids are kids and they are going to get messy and make messes and they want to have FUN.  That is what her classes are about. Unfortunately and with great sadness, Andrea will be leaving our department as she will be moving to another state.  Kim Zabkowicz, former preschool teacher of our department who currently is an EA at General Mitchell Elementary in our school district and works with the younger children will be taking over Andrea’s classes beginning this June, 2018.  Andrea and Kim will be working together as Andrea turns her classes over to someone who she knows will carry on the wonderful traditions and quality teaching as she did. We wish the best to Andrea in all her new endeavors and hope that the community she moves to can also benefit from her wonderful talents in teaching early childhood classes.   THE WAWMRCS DEPT. THANKS YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ALL THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY!!!!
Posted by Laura Wolske  On Jun 04, 2018 at 10:43 AM
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