Registration is Open for College for Kids at UW Platteville

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Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of College for Kids and Middle University, July 9-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville!

Started in 1982, the program offers regional students the opportunity to take hands-on classes created just for them at the UW-Platteville campus.

Last year the program had a record number of students in attendance — almost 200 — and this year’s registrations are on pace to exceed that.

“College for Kids and Middle University is a well-known program at UW-Platteville that continues to serve kindergarten through seventh grade students,” said Nicole Osborn, Education and Training Coordinator at the Office of Continuing Education at UW Platteville. “2018 is no different and projected to set records with our new and exciting session options for students that explore engineering, coding, robotics, health/wellness, arts, and more!”

This year, there are new sessions with a STEM focus, including coding, robotics, and arts. Other classes cover topics like photography, gardening, chemistry, rockets, jewelry making, dinosaurs, bugs, woodworking, and more.

See all the class offerings here.

College for Kids is for students completing kindergarten through fourth grade, and Middle University is for students completing fifth through seventh grade.

The four-day event runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 9-12, 2018.

The cost is $99 for a four-day registration or $60 for two-day registration (offered to grades 3-7 only). Included with registration are class materials and a t-shirt (if you register by June 23).

There are scholarships available for students who attend Platteville School District and have a financial need. For scholarship information, call 608-342-1314 or email continuing@uwplatt.edu.

Register here.

St. Stephen’s Food Bank Replaces Refrigerated Truck at Runde Chevrolet

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St. Stephen’s Food Bank will have an easier time distributing food after getting a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 refrigerated cube truck from salesperson Jacob Puls at Runde Chevrolet today!

The vehicle is replacing their 2002 box truck that had a failing refrigeration unit.

“The parts for it aren’t made anymore, so every time something happened, they had to find used parts,” said Kathy Hutton, executive director of St. Stephen’s Food Bank. “Last time, it took 12 weeks.”

Resized952018042395144842(0)Twelve weeks is too long to wait when the truck has important work to do. The truck helps the nonprofit pick up food donations that they distribute to over 100 partner agencies.

St. Stephen’s Food Bank distributed 1.8 million pounds of food in 2017 — up 20 percent from the previous year.

“That poundage needs to be doubled to sustain everyone’s life in the hunger category in Dubuque County,” Kathy said.

They also participate in the state-wide Backpack Program, providing backpacks filled with food for weekend and holiday vacations to children who participate in free and reduced lunch programs. There are more than 400 backpacks distributed each week in Dubuque County, Jackson County, and East Dubuque.

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St. Stephen’s Food Bank was established in 1982 in the back of the Dubuque Rescue Mission. In 2006, it moved to its current location, a 6,000-square-foot warehouse on Cedar Crest Ridge in Dubuque.

Want to help out? You can donate on the St. Stephen’s Food Bank website to help provide food for tri-state residents. Donate Here.

“We can take $1 and make five meals from that dollar through our partnership with Feeding America,” Kathy said.

To learn more about the St. Stephens Food Bank, visit www.ststephensfoodbank.org

It’s a Perfect Day to Buy a New Truck from Runde Auto Group

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Deb and Steve Binger, of Black Earth, WI, were excited for the drive home today in a brand new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Dbl Cab!

They bought the vehicle from salesperson Tim Loso at Runde Chevrolet.

“We are excited,” Deb said. “Steve kept waiting to pick it up until the snow was gone. He said ‘I’m not driving my new truck in the salt!'”

They are replacing their 1997 Chevy Silverado that has 234,000 miles on it — but they don’t plan on getting rid of their trusted old Chevy truck any time soon.

The retired couple will use the vehicle as a daily driver and also for trips to their cabin up north. Steve plans to put a topper on the truck so he can fill up the bed.

While they shopped around, they returned to Runde Auto Group because of the customer service they received.

“Tim was great,” Deb said. “He was upfront with us,” Steve added.

Congrats, Deb and Steve!