STEVENS POINT — A teacher's
estate has given the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
the largest donation in its 125-year history.
University officials said
Wednesday that Dorothea Harju's estate has donated $4.3
million to the university's School of Education.
The money will be used to
create the Harju Center for Equity in Education. The
center will address educational inequities by training
more teachers to work in rural classrooms and serving
underrepresented minority students in urban areas.
National Assessment of
Educational Progress test results released Wednesday show
Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap between black and
white students in the country.
Harju was a UW-Stevens
Point graduate. She taught in various Wisconsin schools
and served as a reading specialist in the Port Edwards
School District for 25 years. She died in 2017 at age 98.