KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna High School Tech Ed Teacher Dan Van Boxtel has been named as one of the 50 finalist for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.
This nationwide contest gives out 20 grand prizes totaling $1.25 million and Van Boxtel is in the running for this award which is decided in October.
In 2014, Harbor Freight Tools CEO, founder and owner Eric Smidt kicked off a philanthropic project called Harbor Freight Tools for Schools by donating $1.4 million in tools and equipment to Los Angeles Unified School District.
For the next two years, the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools team listened and learned from the people who know skilled trades education best—teachers.
After conducting a focus group with teachers, hosting an advisor session with educators and other experts, and surveying hundreds of trades teachers nationwide, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools evolved its purpose: to advance excellent skilled trades education in public high schools across America.