Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation

Lakeside Lutheran High School is the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of cell phones and virtual reality viewers with an approximate value of $9,000.

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Lakeside Lutheran recently received a $9,000 donation of virtual reality equipment including 50 each of Google Cardboard VR viewers and Galaxy cell phones that will enable classes to take “virtual” field trips. On campus to represent mkCellular is VP of Operations Mike Ehlers, an LLHS 2004 graduate (center), with Principal James Grasby (left) and Lakeside Lutheran Technology Director Andrew Willems.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform developed by Google to be used with a smartphone in a viewer. In education, Google Cardboard is a way to take field trips in virtual reality. mkCellular donated 50 Google viewers that are designed to be affordable for development of do-it-yourself virtual reality projects. Photos and videos are shot with 3D cameras and viewed with special 3D lenses in viewers through smartphones that project the images. Toward this, mkCellular donated 50 Samsung Galaxy J3 phones.

At Lakeside Lutheran, virtual reality will be used to take virtual field trips in classes including history, religion, science, technology and art. Students in Computer Essentials and Computer Applications courses will not only explore the pre-made trips, but also shoot their own videos for use in class.

“We are very grateful to mkCellular for the donation of these phones and goggles,” says Principal James Grasby. “As Lakeside Lutheran continues to employ various forms of technology in the instruction of our students, these tools will be useful throughout all the disciplines.”

mkCellular is a locally-owned wireless solutions company that seeks to maximize the productivity and efficiency of customers’ U.S. Cellular® service by “by identifying needs, delivering solutions and putting the interests of others before our own.” It operates 10 stores with a staff of 40+ in the following communities: Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Elkhorn, Lake Mills, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Columbus, Juneau and Lake Geneva.

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Lakeside Lutheran 2016 grad is news director in Wausau

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Matthew Werre, 2016 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran, directed the 10 p.m. show on his own for WSAW/WZAW in Wausau, Wis. “As director, he’s responsible for setting up and running our 30-minute live news programs,” says Operations Manager Chris Johnson. “He sets up all the camera shots, mic, videos, interviews. When you watch the news, he’s the person running the show.”

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This is quite the accomplishment for an 18-year-old from Sun Prairie, who started as a master control operator, running shows and commercials. “He quickly demonstrated he was a faster learner and well-organized communicator, so I moved him to directing our news broadcasts,” says Johnson, a 1993 graduate of LLHS who got his own start by producing videos for Lakeside including Cross Country and Basketball highlight videos.

“I’m not sure, but I think he’s the youngest director ever at WSAW—and it’s rare for someone his age to have this responsibility even in a smaller market like Wausau. I have no doubt Matthew’s Christian education at Lakeside has contributed to success at WSAW. His experience with video production was a major plus, but his Christian work ethic, communication skills, and hard working attitude also played a huge role,” said Johnson. “I was absolutely thrilled to be able to hire a Lakeside graduate. I hope to hire more.”

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Werre, son of Pastor Luke and Jennifer Werre of Sun Prairie, will be directing the 6 pm & 10 pm Saturday newscasts and 5:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday newscasts—and others as needed.These are streamed live on www.wsaw.com, under the “What’s On” tab.

Lakeside Lutheran to host community electronics recycling event

Lakeside Lutheran High School will host its spring community electronics recycling event on Friday, April 22 from 3:30–6 PM and on Saturday, April 23 from 8 AM–2 PM.

Lakeside will accept appliances that contain Freon (refrigerators, dehumidifiers, window air conditioners, etc.) as well as batteries of any kind (alkaline, lead acid, NiCad, NiMh, Li-ion, etc).  Individuals should also note that recyclers are no longer accepting any televisions without a charge, so Lakeside needs to pass along a $20.00 cost for each TV brought to the event; CRT computer monitors are $5.00 this year. Everything else remains free of charge through the Lakeside event, including plasma, LED and LCD flat screen computer monitors.

Members of the community and businesses are invited to bring virtually any electronic device, working or not, including computers, printers, stereos, copiers, handheld electronics, phones, cameras and more to the school during these times to have the items recycled free of charge. Household items including blenders and coffee makers (without glass), vacuums (without bags), clocks, curling irons, fans, remotes, metal power tools, holiday lights and more are also acceptable in addition to the new items mentioned above. The event is held in partnership with Legacy Recycling in Sturtevant.

Several types of white goods can be accepted as well at Lakeside during this event through a service outside of Legacy Recycling. Examples of accepted white goods include dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers and microwaves. Scrap metal will also be accepted.

Examples of items that cannot be accepted include ballasts, capacitors, gas cylinders, light bulbs, liquids, any medical equipment that has been involved with biohazard materials and VHS cassette tapes. For a more complete list of both acceptable and unacceptable items, see http://www.llhs.org/recycling or contact LLHS Technology Director Cameron Ausen at 920-648-2321 x1512.

This spring’s event marks the fifth time Lakeside Lutheran has offered this community service. Last spring, another 3 ½ semi loads of recycled electronics, plus a semi load of appliances and scrap metal, were disposed of in an earth-friendly manner. Lakeside Computer Maintenance students, along with staff, volunteer hours to sort and assemble items before semi-trucks pick them up for recycling in compliance with highest standards and regulations in the industry.

Individuals should bring electronics to the Lakeside Lutheran “bus barn” in the west end parking lot during the stated hours by entering the Woodland Beach Road driveway and following the signs. Lakeside requests that no items be dropped off outside of the open hours of the event.

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