This June, teachers at North Woods International School will attend required training for the International Baccalaureate Program(IB) thanks to Trust Point’s adopt-a-school initiative. North woods is the only school in the La Crosse Schools offering the IB program which helps students’ develop academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. Students benefit from increased knowledge, skills, confidence and self-motivation. The impact is further felt throughout the whole school community as the program encourages additional teacher collaboration and parent involvement to create a holistic educational experience. Becoming an IB school takes dedication and commitment to meet the rigorous training requirements, which also comes with an added expense that is typically not in a school district’s budget. Kent Handel, president, and CEO of Trust Point has a passion for supporting the schools with both time and treasure. “School is a place where lives can be changed. While Trust Point is involved in many charitable organizations in the community, we’re passionate about those organizations that make the most difference. Any investment in our young kids can give them a chance in life. The schools don’t have enough tax money to do this. This is a project that will make a huge difference in this community for a very long time.”
Trust Point partnered with North Woods in early 2018 providing staff volunteers for tutoring and reading to students; assisting teachers with grading papers, helping with school beautification projects; and contributing financial resources to curriculum training and student material expenses like the IB training program. For more information on how you can adopt-a-school visit https://lacrosseeducationfoundation.org/ or contact us for information on how we got started.