John & Sally Mielke Early Years Fund for the Fox Valley
Posted on 06/27/2017

A new charitable fund dedicated to improving early education in the Fox Valley was established this week within the Community Foundation to mark the end of Dr. John Mielke's 26 years on the Appleton Area School District's Board of Education and to honor his service and that of Sally Mielke, his wife, to many causes in the community.

The John & Sally Mielke Early Years Fund for the Fox Valley is accepting gifts to build an endowment to fund projects and initiatives that will benefit children ages birth to five and their families. Of particular interest are initiatives that are preventative or collaborative in nature and benefit the broader community.

Examples of the activities grants from the fund will support include:

  • Educational programs for parents and early educators.
  • Scholarships for low-income families for high-quality childcare.
  • Scholarships for development of early educators, including continuing education.
  • Grants and loans to early childhood centers for program or other needs.
  • Projects including a research component for identifying and sharing best practices.
  • Support for other child-related projects, e.g. at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum.
  • Administrative support for community-wide early childhood leadership.

John and Sally have demonstrated their commitment to the earliest years of life. They see education and economic wellness as key factors in quality of life and health. But their work to better the community has been wide-ranging.

  • After a career in healthcare, Sally has been a member of the nursing faculty at Fox Valley Technical College for 17 years.
  • She served on the boards of Fox Valley Technical College and the FVTC Foundation.
  • Sally served for 22 years as an Outagamie County supervisor, including two years as board chair, along with countless other nonprofit boards.
  • As partners for life, they seem to be at every function and support every important cause in the community.
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