The ceremony was held at the State Capitol as part of the State of Education Address and Recognition Ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison.
“Their passion for public education and the children attending Wisconsin’s public schools is truly inspiring,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers about the award winners. “Their stories of service and accomplishment show what it means to be a Friend of Education.”
Evers presented his Friend of Education awards to Morris, for his commitment to partnerships that extend higher education to Wisconsin families; former State Senators Timothy Cullen of Janesville and Dale Schultz of Richland Center for their work in the Wisconsin Legislature and their private lives in support of public education; Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for its work to prepare youth and adults with the skills needed to succeed in life; Journey House for its commitment to Southside Milwaukee families through adult education, workforce readiness, youth development, and family engagement programs; and Simpson Street Free Press of Madison, for teaching students literacy skills that support their school achievement. Additional information about each recipient follows.