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Meet the one and only – AWESOME – “Peppi, the Lead-Free Clown”!

Retired teacher, a Brookfield resident, continues to educate as Peppi the Lead Free Clown


Photo by Matt Unrau

June 16, 2014 – Story by John Rasche; read full story HERE

When Peppi the Lead Free Clown walked into the Brown Street Academy on June 6, she was immediately greeted by faculty.

“How are you, Patti?” asked one staff member, as the clown checked into the front office.

“Patti isn’t here today,” Peppi said with a smile painted across her face. “It’s Peppi today.”

Patti Peplinski, a Brookfield resident, is a retired early childhood special education teacher from Brown Street Academy, located at 2029 N. 20th Street in Milwaukee. She retired in 2012.

Peplinski studied clowning in college before going into teaching in 1977.

Although she often distributed lead-safety pamphlets to families, Peplinski’s advocacy for the cause grew stronger after she had a student who was hospitalized for lead poisoning in 1996.  (continued)

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