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Community holds #STOVESTRONG benefit to honor late Wausau East teacher

Jacob Stachovack
Jacob Stachovack(WSAW)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 12:50 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Family and friends gathered together to remember and honor Jake Stachovak, a Wausau East Technology Education teacher who passed due to cancer.

Mr. Stachovak “Stove” was diagnosed with cancer and after years of battling the disease, he passed in December.

Friends and coworkers of Jake hosted a celebration of his life at The Homestead Inn to honor and raise money for the #STOVESTRONG fund, which helps high school students in need, who are entering the trades workforce.

“He always had like a desire to go back and teach what he knew to kids,” said Aaron Stachovak, Jake’s brother.

Jake Stachovak spent 30 years working as a contractor. He spent his last four years working at Wausau East as a tech ed teacher.

“One of his primary goals was to at least try to inspire one kid a year to go into the trades,” said Stachovak.

Mr. Stove was aware of the barriers that students interested in going into the trades had to take on.

“One of those barriers was always financial reasons. A lot of the times when a young guy or woman is going into the building career, they’re responsible for buying their own steel toe boots, their own tool belt and basic tools,” said Stachovak.

That is where the #STOVESTRONG fund came in to help.

“He always thought how nice it would be to have like a fund or scholarship set up where those types of students, going right into the workforce would be supported just like kids going into college,” said Stachovak.

The proceeds from the event will be used for Wausau Technology Education students who need supplies, work-related tools or clothing, training or other work-related expenses in the STEM disciplines.

People interested in donating to the STRONGSTOVE fund can still donate by sending a check made out to Wausau East with STOVESTRONG in the memo line.

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