Target, Zilber Family Foundation and City Year Milwaukee team up with MPS students to revamp Hopkins Lloyd Community School playground
From noon to 5 p.m. more than 100 volunteers including 50 Target employees, City Year Milwaukee corps members and Milwaukee Public Schools students came together Monday to give the playground at MPS’ Hopkins Lloyd Community School a vibrant makeover. Thanks to Target, the Zilber Family Foundation and City Year Milwaukee, the volunteers painted, planted and decorated the playground to give it a fresh, new look.
The effort is part of Target: Milwaukee Matters, a partnership between the retailer and the Milwaukee-based Zilber Family Foundation aimed at improving academic outcomes for Milwaukee children.
Projects for the playground include a color map of the United States; work on the basketball courts, football field and track; a garden; a four-square court; benches; a compass; a numbered snail; a kickball diamond and a yellow-brick entrance to it all.
“The result will be an interactive, vibrant space for students whether it’s for recreational or educational purposes. And since students are also part of carrying this out, it connects them to their community,” said Dr. Juan Baez, principal at the school. “There’s ownership for them.”
MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said the district is grateful for the dedication to students shown by Target, the Zilber Family Foundation and City Year.
“This is yet another reflection of the commitment so many people in this community have to our children,” Dr. Thornton said. “It’s inspiring.”