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"Meat" our December Learning Partner: Community-minded.
"Meat" our December Learning Partner: Community-minded.
Sheri Hicken
Sunday, December 01, 2019

Meet SAGES' Learning Partner is a special monthly segment showcasing the valuable people, businesses, and groups who contribute to the success of our school. For December, we’re delighted to feature a local business with a strong commitment to communityLeroy Meats and Catering!

SAGES experienced this first hand in March 2017, when Mr. Randy Hurst participated with a booth for LeRoy Meats at SAGES’ “Community Night” event. That was prior to this old-fashioned meat market breaking ground for their second store location in Fox Lake!

Their support for SAGES and the community has only grown since that time. Last year as a part of SAGES’ Ag Day field study experiences, Randy Hurst and Steve Christian, without blinking an eye agreed to host SAGES’ 4th, 5th, and 6th grade learners for a “behind-the-scenes” tour of their Fox Lake facilities. “They went above and beyond to ensure our learners understood all that is involved in providing their customers with safe, high quality sausages and cuts of meat,” notes Mrs. Hicken, SAGES Ag Teacher. “LeRoy Meats was definitely a memorable and favorite part of our 2019 Ag Day for many!”

This fall, LeRoy Meats again generously opened their doors to SAGES’ 4th grade learners to help them expand on their Wisconsin studies. Randy took time to explain more about “Something Special from Wisconsin™" (SSfW), a marketing program offered by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) allowing “any business, no matter how big or how small... to use the Something Special from Wisconsin™ logo if at least 50 percent of the value of [their] product or service is attributable to Wisconsin ingredients, production or processing activities.” Not only does LeRoy Meats participate in SSfW, but they proudly carry several Wisconsin-made products! Our 4th graders were amazed to find so many products carrying the distinctive SSfW logo throughout the meat market’s store, plus our visit increased their interest in reading food labels more closely.

Also this fall, LeRoy Meats provided taco meat and bags of chips for a “Walking Taco” lunch during our annual 5th & 6th Grade Camp. This kind donation brought big smiles and satisfied bellies to our hungry campers! Their commitment to community doesn’t stop there though. Last year and again beginning this December, LeRoy Meats has invited SAGES to “Deck the Halls” of their store with student artwork during the Holiday Season. We are honored to do so and appreciate the opportunity for our learners to have a public venue where their art can be showcased.

Thank you, LeRoy Meats (Scott Hurst, Randy Hurst, Steve Christian, and crew!) for your wonderful support of SAGES over the years and your commitment to the Fox Lake community. We are grateful for your “old-fashioned” hospitality and look forward to “meating” up again for future learning adventures!