Column: On April 30: Eat a brat, help pay for a scholarship, celebrate a hero

DRESSED IN HIS military best, the late Sgt. Andrew Wallace visits his students at E. Cook Elementary in Oshkosh.submitted photo

AS AN EDUCATOR, SGT.Andrew Wallace helped instill a love of learning every day in his students.

Four and a half years after he died in combat in Iraq, he continues to do so.

The Ripon native might not be leading physical education classes anymore at E. Cook Elementary in Oshkosh, but his presence will continue to be felt in the classroom for years to come.

This year, the first recipient of the Sgt. Andrew Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund will graduate from the University of Wisconsin Crosse.

And when Riponite Megan Berndt enters a classroom next fall as a teacher, Andrew’s family knows his spirit will be there, too.

“She goes into education like Andrew did — with enthusiasm,” said Joel Brockman, Andrew’s stepfather. “She puts her all into it.”...

Read the entire column in the April 22, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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