Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee
Volunteers are needed for the Center Street Marketplace (BID 39) spring business district clean-up on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. beginning at the intersection of N. 51st and W. Center Streets.
The business district clean-up will focus on improving Center Street’s appearance. Supplies will be provided to volunteers, but bringing supplies is also encouraged. Participants will be provided snacks afterward at the C-4 Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), 2741 W. Fond du Lac Ave. Attendance must be confirmed by Friday, March 27 by phone at (414)306-3586 or email at [email protected].
Center Street Marketplace: Business Improvement District 39’s purpose is to improve the negative perceptions of crime and safety on W. Center St. between N. 34th and N. 58th Streets. Center Street Marketplace (BID 39) aims to increase the number of businesses in our area as well as the coordination of public improvements.
Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II encourages citizens to take part in the cleanup effort. “Center Street Marketplace is great partner in efforts to improve Center Street, and with the help of the community Center Street can become a central hub in our city for prosperity and business development,” Alderman Stamper said.
In the first three months of 2015, Milwaukee has already racked up 28 homicides. At this time last year, the city had tallied 11 homicides.
ALDERMAN ASHANTI HAMILTON said the neighborhoods experiencing the intense level of violence and criminal activity this year are also the same neighborhoods plagued by foreclosures, high unemployment, failing schools and general disorder.
“The Milwaukee Police Department has been working hard to fight crime throughout the city, but as we all know, they cannot do it alone,” Alderman Hamilton said. “MPD has repeatedly called on community members to take a more active role in stabilizing their neighborhoods, and in our most challenged areas, unfortunately there are few residents willing to answer that call.”
In an effort to change that, Alderman Hamilton is working with Khalil Coleman, Shawn Moore, Muhammad Mosque #3, New Hope Baptist Church, Northwest Side Community Development Corp., the Garden Homes
Neighborhood Association, Peace for Change Alliance, True Strength Group Milwaukee, We Got This, I Will Not Die Young campaign, Crossing Jordan Ministries, Alpha and Omega Ministries, the Coalition of Hope and the
Universal Companies to build a coalition to address the void in what he calls “our community organizing strategy.”
Mr. Coleman, Mr. Moore, and their partners have designed an approach that is similar to the Interrupters model that has worked in other cities called H.O.O.D. Ambassadors (Helping Others Obtain Direction). H.O.O.D. will operate the Safe Zones across certain neighborhoods where crime, violence and disorder are prevalent, the alderman said.
Alderman Hamilton will be joined by members of the coalition and others during a special MEDIA EVENT TOMORROW (FRIDAY, MARCH 20) AT 5 P.M. AT GARDEN HOMES PARK, N. 26TH ST. AND ATKINSON AVE.
“We are proactively inviting the media and others out so we can provide additional information about the initiative and the type of neighborhoods that can benefit from this effort,” Alderman Hamilton said.
Tony Tagliavia | Media Manager –Milwaukee Public schools
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools’ Commitment Schools initiative is showing signs of improving reading and mathematics achievement in kindergarten through 8th grade, according to early results that will be presented to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors March 17.
The Commitment Schools initiative, which is in its first year of implementation, is aimed at transforming underperforming schools into high-performing schools through increased resources to support school-specific rigorous academic and behavioral interventions with the ultimate goal of achieving greater college and career readiness.
In reading, students in eight of nine grade levels are on track to meet the district goal of narrowing the achievement gap by 5% by spring, as indicated by district test data. In math, six of nine grade levels are on track to meet the goal. The gap is defined as the difference between the current scores at each grade level and the scores needed to predict proficiency in the subject area as measured by state assessments. Narrowing the gap means the students’ achievement levels are growing faster than average.
“This is our first look at the progress we are making in our Commitment Schools and we are pleased to see that outcomes for students are improving,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “We will continue to engage in this critically important work so that all of our students are college and career ready.”
The data comes from comparing results between the fall and winter district-administered Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests.
The results to be presented to the Board represent the seven Commitment Schools that serve students in elementary and/or middle school grades: Auer Avenue School, Browning School, George Washington Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science, Samuel Clemens School, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, Albert Story School and Thurston Woods Campus.
MPS will receive similar data for the high schools that are Commitment Schools in the spring. The district has limited its high school MAP testing as the state introduced additional testing for those grades.
In addition to the Commitment Schools effort, the district is supporting other underperforming schools by providing additional instructional support, professional development and operational assistance.
Public Relations Supervisor
Milwaukee City Clerk & Common Council
ALDERWOMAN COGGS will host a Bronzeville update meeting AT 5:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 at the MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE, 435 W. NORTH AVE. There will be an update on current Bronzeville projects, and
representatives from the city’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan will present information about artist housing proposals.
“All business owners and community members are invited to hear about the development in Bronzeville,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “It is important that we continue the positive momentum during this period of investment and development in the area.”
WHAT: BRONZEVILLE UPDATE MEETING
WHEN: 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
WHERE: MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE, 435 W. NORTH AVE.
For the past three years, generous supporters like you have joined us for the exciting Match Day online giving event in March organized by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation that benefits basic needs agencies. Your generous support has made a meaningful difference to The Salvation Army’s mission of meeting human needs in His name without
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Tony Tagliavia | Media Manager Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin children’s author and illustrator Brenda McGrath, Walgreens and Milwaukee Public Schools are inviting families to celebrate the love of reading at a free Valentine’s Day event.
Children must be accompanied by an adult for the “Fall In Love With Reading” event set for Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee 53233.
Children will be able to read along or listen along as books by McGrath – author of “The Bashful Cat,” “Ding Bat,” “Skipper the Wise Quacker” and other children’s titles – are read aloud in reading sessions.
The event also includes free food, drawings, games and prizes.
McGrath said she’s helping to host the event because it’s important for families to have the opportunity to celebrate reading with their children.
Reading is very important to me and I want to make it just as important to them,” she said.
But reading should also be about fun, McGrath said. The author has been drawing pictures and telling her own stories to go along with them since she was a child and got into writing children’s books after she realized how much her own children enjoyed the stories and drawings she shared.
“Once I learned how interested they were and how drawn in they were, I decided to do it for a living and make other kids happy,” McGrath said.
Milwaukee, Jan. 22, 2015 — Refugees from International Learning Center (ILC), a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, are going to Madison on Tuesday, January 27th 2015 to tour the State Capitol building and speak with representatives about expanding a key college aid program for minorities. The event is a real-life civics lesson for the adult students, many of whom come from countries that lack a functioning democracy, and a boost to their preparation for the rigorous US citizenship exam.
The group, which includes refugees from Southeast Asia and Africa, plans to meet with State Senator Chris Larson and State Representative Evan Goyke to advocate for changes to the state’s Minority Retention Grant, a college aid program targeting under-represented and under-resourced groups.
Taxpayers with a family income of $53,000 or less are eligible for free help preparing their basic personal income tax returns at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 700 W. State St.; and Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave. MATC accounting students provide the service in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs. Volunteers are trained by the Internal Revenue Service and supervised by MATC instructors and staff. MATC’s VITA sites are sponsored by Guaranty Bank.
The program begins Jan. 31 at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus and Feb. 7 at the Oak Creek Campus.
Detailed information is in the attached news release. Thanks for your interest!