Special to the EagleHerald/Michelle Hansen, Shopko Foundation
Hana Baumler of Marinette retrieves the tee after kickoff during the Packers vs. Dolphins game on Nov. 11. Baumler was one of 10 selected through Shopko’s Kids Making a Difference program as Shopko’s Kick-Off Kid. 
Special to the EagleHerald/Michelle Hansen, Shopko Foundation

Hana Baumler of Marinette retrieves the tee after kickoff during the Packers vs. Dolphins game on Nov. 11. Baumler was one of 10 selected through Shopko’s Kids Making a Difference program as Shopko’s Kick-Off Kid. 

MARINETTE — Hana Baumler of Marinette was chosen to be Shopko’s Kick-Off Kid during the Nov. 11 Packers game against the Miami Dolphins. Baumler was among 10 of the 25 kids who applied through the Kids Making a Difference program sponsored by Shopko, according to Public Relations and Shopko Foundation Manager Michelle Hansen. 

Hansen said that the program, which started to highlight kids ages 6-12 in Wisconsin who are making an impact in their community, is now entering its third year. In addition to retrieving the tee after the kick-off at a Packer game, kids who are selected as the Kick-Off Kid receive four free tickets to the game at which they are featured as the Kick-Off Kid, $500 donated to an organization of the child’s choice from Shopko in the child’s name, their story featured on the back cover of the game-day program and on Shopko’s website, and free tickets to the upcoming Jan. 26 Green Bay Gamblers hockey game, at which all 10 of the Kick-Off Kids will be recognized.

Because the game took place on Veterans Day, Baumler brought her uncle, who is serving in the Air Force, as a way to thank him for his service.

Hansen said that it is difficult to select a Kick-Off Kid, saying that “You just want to pick them all.” Baumler was selected due to her dedication to the cancer patients she helps.

Baumler started her project last October as a part of Marinette Middle School’s Genius Hour class. In that class, Baumler explained that each student got to pick a “passion project” to work on throughout the school year. She chose to make treatment baskets for cancer patients at Bay Area Medical Center. The baskets are filled with books, blankets and other items to help cancer patients feel more comfortable as they’re undergoing treatment. Since she started the project, she said that she’s made about 20 baskets so far. Right now Baumler is focused on making tie blankets for BAMC’s cancer patients.

Baumler decided to gear her projects toward helping cancer patients after being inspired by her grandmother’s battle with cancer. In the story published by Shopko, Baumler said that “I wanted to help other cancer patients and I feel happy and proud of what I’m doing.”

She and her family found out about the Kids Making a Difference program while at the Resch Center for her brother’s birthday. Tera Baumler, Hana’s mother, said that “they had a flier posted in the restroom, and I saw it and I filled out the top part and Hana had to write an essay.” She also had her Genius Hour teacher fill out an extra form to be entered. After she was selected, Shopko donated $500 to BAMC in her name.

“It was a lot to take in, but it was really fun,” she said.