Potawatomi Tribe Makes Big Donation to KUSD

Nov. 16, 2022 8:45p

(WGTD)---The realization that the Kenosha Unified School District’s logo is a nod to the Potawatomi Indian Tribe led to an expression of thanks—and a $50,000 donation to the district.

The district recently redesigned its logo but kept the image of a flame---something that in one fashion or another has been in various incarnations of the logo for decades. The flame is a reference to the Potawatomis having been the first settlers in the area coupled with the definition of Potawatomi, and that is, “keeper of the flame.”

District spokesperson Tanya Ruder says somehow the tribe’s attention earlier this year was drawn to the announcement of the new logo. "They are the ones that called to reach out to us to say hey we really appreciate that. It's not often that anybody honors us and we'd like to do something nice for you in return," Ruder said. 

The $50,000 donation will be used for rebranding purposes at the Educational Support Center. The project will include some façade improvements, paid for in part with an $18,000 donation from Rustoleum Corp.