September 4, 2019

Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin shines a light on the relationships that we are helping build within our community. Please help us congratulate Dana & Chris Kulas and their little brother Michael, all from Wittenberg — our Shawano County Match of the Month for September.

Where did you hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters?

Chris: Dana heard about it from Leadership Shawano County!

Why did you want to become involved?

Dana: Because if we can put one smile on someone’s face, why not?!

What have you learned from your Little?

D: Since we became Bigs, we have learned how small tasks & activities can create such a huge impact.

What do you do when you spend time together?

C: We start with a meal together then we do all sorts of things. We have painted, carved pumpkins, hiked together, went to the arcade, went to the movies, played board games and played ball with our pets.

Michael: We usually eat supper at their house, or we go to a restaurant and do some activities like going to the arcade, go painting or shopping.

Is there something in particular that stands out as a memorable time with your Little?

C: When we get Michael laughing he starts to almost cry. He tells us to stop because his smile hurts.

M: At their house we play keep away from their dog Bailee. My big brother is crazy like when he talks for the dog. It makes me laugh so much that my smile hurts.

Is there something in the future that you would like to do together, or that you look forward to experiencing together?

M: We would like to go swimming in a lake or a pool!

C: We would like to do a day trip together. We usually just hang out after school.

In what way has being matched with your Little affected you and your life?

D: With Chris being a teacher he is more familiar with the dynamics of young people’s lives. I however am experiencing all this in some ways for the first time. It makes us aware of struggles children are having and helps us better understand.