A grade schooler prepares to unleash his artistic side alongside other children during a recent enrollment fair and block party sponsored by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 3275 N. 3rd St. Aside from art projects, there were also other activities including a bouncy house, carnival games, petting zoo and more. Parents also had the opportunity to enroll their children for the 2013- 2014 school year in MPS. Children and residents who live around the school also had the opportunity to meet King’s new principal, Dr. Christlyn Frederick-Stanley. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Photo Caption: The Argosy Citizenship Award was presented recently to several members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The teens will receive a $1,000 stipend: $500 to implement a community service project and $500 toward their education. Left to Right: Natalie Cooper – Boys & Girls Clubs Director of Adolescent & Holistic Health Initiatives, Deone Griffin, Dishay Wilson, Breanna Wiggins, Juaquin Aleman, Nadia Givens, and David Calzada. Not pictured: Mariah Thompson. (B&GC photo)
Seven Winners Will Receive Stipends totaling $1,000 each for Their Service Projects and Education
The Argosy Foundation recently presented seven Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee members the Argosy Citizenship Award in recognition of their leadership and commitment to community service. Club members were honored in a pre-concert awards ceremony before the East Town Association’s “Jazz in the Park” in Cathedral Square, 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee.
Since 2004, the Argosy Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee have partnered to promote leadership and community involvement among youth. Each Club award winner must be at least 11 years old and at most a junior in high school to be eligible for the award. The Argosy Citizenship Award winners each receive a $1,000 grant: $500 to implement their community service project and $500 to go towards his or her education.
This year’s award winners proposed creative community service projects to address a range of issues from unequal treatment of children with special needs to the lack of school supplies needed for a successful academic year.
* Mariah Thompson, age 11, of the Engleburg School Boys & Girls Club, plans to coordinate a volunteer project, Bike Camp, with Variety Children’s Charity, which provides mobility equipment for students with special needs. Mariah would like to assist with the Beyond Bike Design Tour by making gift bags and paying for the transportation that the Bike Camp participants would need to come volunteer at the event. Her plan is to make sure special needs students are able to experience something they have never been able to do before.
* David Calzada, age 14, of the Mitchell Integrated Arts School Boys & Girls Club, plans to work with its Keystone Club members to reach out to the Saint Ann’s Rest Home community. David would like to record and document the elderly’s life stories into a book that would be memorialized in the Alexander Mitchell School Library. He believes it is very important that the people of Milwaukee’s south side know about the history of the area they live.
* Deone Griffin, age 17, of the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club, will implement an all-girls basketball camp for girls ages 9-14 to improve their basketball and athletic skills. Speakers will also come to the camp to teach the girls about the importance of good sportsmanship and how to gain leadership skills.
* Dishay Wilson, age 15, of the Augusta M. LaVarnway Boys & Girls Club, will lead a back-to-school festival to help the low-income families who cannot afford school supplies. Dishay will include two workshops during the festival: one will focus on developing good study habits and the other workshop will focus on ways to resolve conflicts.
* Breanna Wiggins, age 18, of the Roger & Leona Fitzsimonds Boys & Girls Club, will improve the games room at the Club. A mural full of encouraging quotes will be painted on the walls of the games room and new equipment will be installed to attract new members and keep them involved in the Club.
* Nadia Givens, age 13, of the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club, will assist the Pathfinders Organization by donating bus tickets to the clients of the facility. The Pathfinders are in great need for bus tickets because this allows the members to be more self-sufficient in getting to all of their important and everyday locations.
• Juaquin E. Aleman, age 14, of the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club, will start a “pay it forward” program where one person does one act of random kindness to three random people. This program will teach people how to be selfless and respect others by being generous to people in random and unexpected ways.
Milwaukee Public Schools continued to grow students’ ACT participation in 2013, with approximately 89% of the Class of 2013 taking the test up from 85% for the Class of 2012 and 48% for 2009, the last year before the district implemented a school-day ACT testing policy for high school juniors.
MPS’ 89% participation for 2013 far exceeds state average participation of 71% for both public and private schools.
Mirroring the trend seen in the state average, the average ACT score for the district’s students was relatively flat for the Class of 2013 compared to previous years. MPS’ average composite score for 2013 was 15.8 compared to 15.8 in 2010. The state average score for 2013 was 22.1, compared to 22.1 in 2010.
MPS has made a long-term commitment to further boosting college and career readiness efforts as part of a strategy to increase the number of students prepared for success. The efforts set a high bar for success; focus on ways to help prepare low-income, first-generation students for college success; help identify students who are falling behind; provide needed support; and increase access to coursework that will prepare students to succeed.
“New initiatives combined with implementation of the significant reforms we began in 2010-11 will put more students on the path to college and career success,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
Those new initiatives and ongoing efforts include:
– Expanding GEAR UP college readiness efforts into high schools as MPS’ Class of 2017 begins 9th grade. The program strengthens academic preparation and awareness of the steps needed to succeed. – Strengthened graduation requirements beginning with the MPS Class of 2015.
– Offering college resources at MPS’ TeamUp College Access Centers, located at 2730 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue and 3333 S. 27th Street, which demystify the application process and offer assistance in putting students on track for post-secondary success.
– Continuing to implement MPS’ Comprehensive Literacy Plan and Comprehensive Math/Science Plan. The plans give every student an opportunity to succeed through alignment with the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the concepts students must master at each grade level to be college- and career-ready.
– Launching the College Board’s Spring Board pre-Advanced Placement program in seven schools. The program exposes students to pre-AP coursework beginning in 6th grade.
– Planning for the expansion of the college preparatory International Baccalaureate program into additional MPS schools.
Milwaukee County UW Cooperative Extension has been awarded $79,398 from the UW-Extension Program Innovation Fund to collaborate with four UW Colleges and UW Help on a pilot Pre-College Institute for Milwaukee Middle and High School 4-H youth.
UW College partners and Milwaukee County UW Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development educators and County Director, Eloisa Gómez, initiated a UW Extension Pre-College Institute that will bring four UW Colleges and other UW System resources under one roof in Milwaukee to enhance and supply services to middle and high school youth who are engaged in youth development programs from the Milwaukee office. The Institute will connect UW Richland, Rock, Washington and Waukesha Colleges to approximately 250 middle and high school students, many of whom come from traditionally underserved populations and are from Milwaukee’s central city north and south sides.
The Pre-College Institute is designed to connect youth to UW Colleges and other UW resources to introduce the youth and their parents to the college environment on several layers including academics, campus life, and financial considerations that all have a significant impact on a family to support a youth’s decision to attend UW post-secondary institutions.
According to Greg Hutchins, Associate Vice Chancellor for University of Wisconsin-Extension, “UW-Extension has been bringing educational programs into Milwaukee neighborhoods for decades, and now we’re thrilled to provide this new level of pre-college experience for Milwaukee youth.
The UW Colleges are very committed to helping students gain admission and achieve success in college, and with the addition of UW Help to this effort, students will find that access to all of the UW’s universities will become more obtainable. This pre-college institute is going to provide a pathway from Milwaukee neighborhoods to UW Colleges and Universities and beyond.”
The Pre-College Institute has the capacity to become an innovative model to introduce youth in the Milwaukee County 4-H Youth Development programs to UW Colleges with a two-fold goal: support youth academically throughout middle and high school through pertinent and existing services; The Milwaukee office offers UWC a greater likelihood to maintain connections to these youth and their families throughout middle and high school so that UW Colleges or other UW post-secondary institutions are more seriously considered upon their graduation, thereby increasing the number of students entering the institutions.
(NewsUSA) – With summer vacation winding down, the U.S. Census Bureau expects close to 80 million children and adults to head back to the classroom. Total school spending this year is targeted at over $70 billion with $8 billion for electronics. Emmy-winning tech and trends expert Brett Larson and host of KillerApps.TV looked at some products and trends that should be on the radar for back to school shopping this year.
“There is an array of new tech tools that can help propel a student to a more successful school year!” says Brett. “Do your research online for not only the best price, but look for the tech that will grow with you throughout the year.” Some of Brett’s top picks for Back to School 2013:
1. The VTech InnoTab 3S is the next generation of children’s learning tablets with Wi-Fi. Built for ages 3-9, it features VTech Kid Connect — an exclusive communication app that allows kids to be connected with their parents and friends. In addition, it accesses VTech’s Learning Lodge — providing kids with a bright start on their learning journey.
2. If you’re in search of a smartphone, Brett says you need to find one with the processing speed, power and battery longevity to take full advantage of all its capabilities.
3. When searching for laptops, check out the latest Chromebooks. They are easy-to-use, lightweight laptops that run the popular Google operating system. Their portability and ease of use make them perfect for youngsters just learning how to use technology in the classroom.
4. Brett says, “Don’t lose your data!” He likes Carbonite Online Backup for automatically backing up computer files whenever the computer is connected to the Internet, and features anytime, anywhere access, so users can remotely access their protected files from any Internet-connected device, including computers, smartphones and tablets.
5. A must-have dorm accessory, the stylish and compact Keurig MINI Plus Brewer. With over 250 K-Cup pack varieties to choose from, including coffee, tea, iced beverages and more, college students can choose their perfect beverage for a jumpstart on the day, an afternoon pick-me-up or a late-night study session.
Milwaukee County Parks will offer swimmers a sunny and seasonal final weekend at most pools. Pools will close on a staggered basis as lifeguards head back to campus, with final swim days ranging from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.
Deep-well pools will remain open through Sunday, Aug. 18. Pools are located in the following parks or parkways: Hales Corners, Holler, Jackson, Kosciuszko (Pelican Cove), McCarty, Oak Creek Parkway (Grobschmidt Pool), Sheridan, Washington, and Wilson. Splash pads will also remain open through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Splash pads are located in Carver, Clarke Square, Gordon, and Madison, and Washington parks. The splash pad at Dineen Park is already closed.
Wading pools will close on a staggered schedule. Sunday, Aug. 18 will be the last day at the pools at Alcott, Algonguin, Cannon, Greene, Hales Corners, Holler, Humboldt, Kops, LaFollette, Lindsay, Lyons, McCarty, Mitchell, Saveland, Sheridan, Sherman, Tippecanoe, Wahl, Washington, and Wedgewood.
Sunday, Aug. 25 will be the last day at the wading pools at Columbus, Cooper, Jacobus, Pulaski-Cudahy, Rainbow, Smith, Vogel, Walker Square, and West Milwaukee. Rose and Tiefenthaler are already closed.
Family aquatic parks at Cool Waters in Greenfield Park and the David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park will remain open through Labor Day.
After Cool Waters has closed for the “human swimming season,” and before it is drained for the year, it will open for a Doggie Dip at 6:30 p.m. on Labor Day, Mon. Sept. 2. Whether fearless about diving for tennis balls or wearing a personal floatation device, dogs of all abilities, breeds, and sizes are welcome to come for a swim in the pool.
For more information on the pools or the doggie dip, go to countyparks.com or call (414) 257-8098.
Compiled by MCJ Staff
Though Milwaukee political and law enforcement officials recently announced strategies to corral the spike in gun violence, Black political and civil rights leaders called for just as an aggressive approach in addressing the root causes of the shootings.
Last week, Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn outlined strategies for reducing the shootings. There have been a rash of shootings in the city this month. As of August 13, seven people have been fatally shot and 16 injured by gunfire.
The mayor reportedly ordered more police overtime, and wants the state to chip-in and pass tougher gun laws. Flynn has reportedly assigned his officers to watch districts and individuals with a history of gun offenses.
James Hall, president of the NAACP-Milwaukee Branch, said the increasing violence in the community should not come as a surprise.
Hall said it’s not enough to express outrage about violence. There must also be outrage at the circumstances contributing to the situation.
“The poverty, unemployment rates and disparities in income and opportunity affecting Milwaukee’s African American community are among the highest in the nation,” Hall said in a statement on the sudden rise in shootings.
“The fact is few African Americans or others with jobs and opportunities commit murder or other violent crimes,” Hall said, adding elected officials, business leaders, the faith community, community organizations, and educational institutions “have an important role to play in addressing these issues.
“We must move the needle and reduce disparities by creating jobs and socio-economic opportunities to trans form our community into ‘One Milwaukee’ that is inclusive.”
Echoing Hall, Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis, Sr. called out local political leaders who “get tough on crime, but are soft on economics.
“The City of Milwaukee has a pathetic rate of growth in its private sector that is directly related to its crime rate,” Davis said, adding the politics of “divide and conquer”—local government officials fighting over miniscule issues that could unite the city—stagnates its economy and shuts out Black males.
“Now we want to spend $500,000 on police overtime, but fight not to invest the same amount in African American men and boys who will be the target of strict law enforcement because of our dismal local economy in their community,” Davis said.
Davis noted the city’s illegal drug trade is the common way some Black residents provide for themselves economically. “Its mere presence is creating instability that is directly related to our violent crime statistics.”
Davis said local government has neglected benchmarking reasonable economic growth by not targeting investments that could give a reasonable rate of return in the domestic and global economies.
“We accept group homes, day cares, gas stations and corner grocery stores as a pro business growth strategy while other local economies are looking at us in their rear view mirror.”
As an example, Davis noted that the City of Kenosha recently landed an Amazon distribution center.
Darrin Reasby (fourth from left) poses with members of his organization for our community’s girls, “Born to Dream: Diva’s In Training.” They recently hosted their “Black/White Affair,” which consisted of a gallery night and fashion show. The event was held at the group’s facility, King’s Hall, located at 3413 N. Martin Luther King Drive. The Divas are (left to right): Aaliyah Ingram, Cyrinthia Reasby, Alexia Wallace, Shahira Johnson, Patricia Reasby, Daisha Moss, and Yashae Price. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Milwaukee native Dr. Latricia Yvonne Donlow recently achieved her dream of becoming a pharmacist when she graduated Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science (COPPS).
Florida A&M is a Historical Black College/ University (HBCU).
“I want to thank God for blessing me with family (and church family) who contributed tremendously to my future with their love, time, support and prayers,” said Donlow after receiving her degree. “I would also like to thank my FAMU COPPS family and friends who set a motto for all of the pharmacy students and expected “Exceptional Excellence Every time (E3).”
The daughter of Karen and Willard Donlow, and the granddaughter of Savannah Sledge, Donlow attended MPS’ Brown Street Academy, where her love for music and sports became evident immediately. She was also an honor roll student at Brown Street.
Donlow also attended Steuben Middle Schools and Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School. At both schools, she was an active student who maintained outstanding grades.
Donlow also participated in the Strive Media Institute, Top Teens of America and continued a legacy of family participation in the Milwaukee chapter of the AKA’s annual Debutante Cotillion.
Mayor Tom Barrett joined local leaders at Johnson Controls for its “Green Jobs Day.” The mayor gave remarks on the importance of teaching sustainability and developing Milwaukee’s youth for job readiness in the energy sector. At the company’s headquarters in Glendale, Wis., some 60 city teens engaged in career-oriented presentations and interactive workshops focusing on the importance of environmental conservation, energy efficiency and the development of leadership and professional skills. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)