A Quest to Serve: Monica Schomisch Bello
A Fond du Lac High School alumnus is using the community-oriented education she received in her days as a Cardinal to provide important legal resources to low-income individuals and families.
After high school, Monica Schomisch Bello (’02) would go on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then attended law school in Florida.
Bello now works with Florida Rural Legal Services, where she provides low-income people with legal services to which they otherwise would not have access.
“We’re a private, non-profit law firm,” Bello says. “If we didn’t help our clients with legal advice, form filing and legal representation, they wouldn’t be able to navigate the court system. We help a lot of people facing housing issues. We help people who are being illegally evicted, or who are being foreclosed on.”
Inspired at an early age
Bello first fell in love with community service and the Spanish language during her time at Fondy.
“The Spanish program and the teachers I had in Spanish classes all really fostered a love of learning,” she says. “They made learning fun—and they especially made learning the Spanish language fun.”Read more
Congratulations to Emily Heideman, a Fondy High 2005 graduate, for starting the new year off with a new position as the Assistant Director and IT coordinator at the Waupaca Area Public Library. Click here to read more about Emily's background and experience.
Fond du Lac Students Benefit from Alumni Mentoring
When you serve as a mentor, you can pass on your knowledge, wisdom and advice to Fond du Lac students as they prepare themselves for life after high school. It also allows you to give back to the school that helped you to get where you are at today. Additionally, it speaks volumes about your character and can help you grow and develop as a leader and professional.
More than the good feeling you get from sharing experience and encouraging someone, there’s also the opportunity to help individuals in gaining access to a wealth of understanding as well as starting points for building relationships. Mentees often go on to do big things, thanks in part to the person who took time to be their mentor. They may even go on to become a mentor themselves—creating a legacy of giving back that spans generations.
5 ways in which mentoring makes an impact
For Fondy’s students, having a mentor brings with it numerous, long-lasting benefits. Let’s take a look at five key ways mentors have an impact on the lives of young people at a critical stage in their lives:
- Students gain practical, applicable advice that might not be taught in the classroom, which can be utilized throughout their personal and future professional lives. They’ll enter college or the job force a leg up on pure classroom learners.
- Mentorship creates a bond that may benefit everything from professional networking to personal growth—especially at a pivotal time in a high school student’s life. A mentor is a guide for students facing uncertainty in their future and someone on whom they can rely.
- Mentees get one-on-one attention that helps them to better understand and retain information, while also connecting that knowledge to classroom lessons. They’ll benefit from more focused learning and a stronger grasp on content.
- Students get a better understanding of real-world expectations and applications, direct from someone who has experienced them first hand. This necessary dose of reality will shape their understanding of the world outside the classroom.
- Mentorship is free! It affords students access to a crucial resource for development that’s not hidden behind a financial barrier. For students unable to afford tutoring or those disadvantaged by a lack of available programs, mentoring is an incredibly valuable experience.
Would you like to become a mentor?
For mentors, being able to pass along wisdom to a younger generation of Fond du Lac students is a truly gratifying experience. If you’d be interested in this opportunity, we invite you to sign up as a volunteer through Cardinals Nation.
Wishing All Our Fondy Alums a Wonderful Holiday Season!
The holidays are a wonderful time in Fond du Lac. It's a time when families can get together, and many of our alumni who have moved elsewhere come back to our community to spend the holidays.
This weekend, Fond du Lac High School’s Night of Silence, a musical performance that has become a holiday tradition for many, will be live streamed through the District’s website on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. It will be available on the home page by scrolling down to the Social Media Hub and clicking on the Boxcast window.
This season, we are grateful to receive such wonderful support from our alumni and all our community members. The success of our schools and students depends on this support, whether it comes in the form of mentorships, volunteering or other types of contributions. If you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved in Fondy schools, please visit our volunteer page.
Looking for something to do?
While school is out for a couple weeks in late December and early January, our student-athletes will still be in action. If you're in town over the holidays, we invite you to root on the Cardinals over the break:
On Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., the boys' hockey team takes on St. Mary's Springs at the Fond du Lac Blue Line Ice Center.
Also on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m., the boys’ basketball team plays Hortonville at the high school fieldhouse.
The girls' varsity basketball team will take part in an invitational at nearby Oshkosh West High School Dec. 27-28. Game times TBD.
Finally, we would like to remind you that Cardinal Nation is now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. If you know of someone (including yourself) who deserves recognition, we encourage you to contact email@example.com for the related paperwork. This award is a great way for us to acknowledge the work of our alums — no matter where their lives have taken them!
From the Fond du Lac School District, we wish you a safe, fun and enjoyable holiday season. And, as always, go Cardinals!