SPARTA honors Elbert and Hulda Rackow and announces grant recipients
By Gene Kemmeter
STEVENS POINT — The Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA) has named one of its scholarships in honor of Elbert and Hulda Rackow. The first recipient of the scholarship in their name will be announced in spring.
Part of the profits from the semi-annual book sales are donated to the SPARTA scholarship endowment fund through the Central Wisconsin Community Foundation with SPARTA awarding two scholarships each year.
Elbert along with SPARTA members, began book sales in the fall of 1990. He was the chairperson of the semi-annual book sales until 2013 and continues on the committee today. Before SPARTA had space for storage, he and Hulda also did home sales, with profits going to SPARTA projects. Elbert was also the president of SPARTA from 1991 to 2012.
Elbert’s goal is to make books accessible to everyone and to recycle worn books to make new books while raising money for community projects. Elbert and Hulda have circulated thousands of books and raised thousands of dollars in that endeavor.
Profits from the spring and fall book sales are also awarded in grants to Portage County non-profit organizations that directly impact student’s lives, education and seniors. Grants from the 2017-18 sales were recently awarded to the following organizations:
Wisconsin Academic Decathlon
ADRC-Lincoln Center Gay Nineties Luncheon
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin
Boys & Girls Club of Portage County
Center Point Sweet Adelines
Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum
Central Wisconsin Symphony
Friends of 2713 (train)
Lettie W. Jensen Library – Friends of the Library
The Holly Shoppe
Learn for Life Program – United Way
Literacy for Little Ones
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
Meals on Wheels of Stevens Point
Monteverdi Master Chorale
NAMI of Portage/Wood Counties
Portage County Alliance for Youth
Pacelli Catholic Schools – Project Graduation
Portage County Home & Community Education (HCE)
Portage County Cultural Festival
Portage County Historical Society
Humane Society of Portage County
Portage County Literacy Council
Project Fresh Clothes
Reading First! Of Portage County
Stevens Point Barbershoppers
Stevens Point Sculpture Park
Stevens Point YMCA
Washington Trip – PJ Jacobs Junior High School
Washington Trip – Ben Franklin Junior High School
Wis./Nicaragua Partners of the Americas
The Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA) would like to thank everyone that donated to or purchased books at the October book sale.
The next SPARTA book sale will be Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum Building, 1100 Main St., Stevens Point. Take-in days remain the fourth Monday of the month excluding December, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions call Nancy at 715-344-2598.