MPS Superintendent welcomes new school year with students over lunch

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Dr. Gregory E. Thornton to meet and eat with year-round schools students

MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton

MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton will welcome year-round school students by sharing lunch with them on the first day of classes.

Dr. Thornton and his senior staff will have lunch at Ralph H. Metcalfe School, 3400 W. North Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 2.

Dr. Thornton feels it is important to hear the students’ voice.

“If there is one place children will talk and be for real, it’s the lunch room,” said Dr. Thornton.

“I want to hear how their day is going and what they plan to accomplish this year.”

Dr. Thornton’s senior staff and Regional Executive Specialists will have lunch at Metcalfe, with each person paying the $3.10 for lunch and sitting at a table with students.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event, if they follow the same guidelines – pay for lunch and sit among students.

The menu for August 2 includes grilled cheese sandwich, baby carrots, an applesauce cup and milk. MPS School Nutrition Services typically serves 55,134 lunches each school day.

More than 79 percent of MPS students qualify for free or reduced price meals.

“This experience should be as close to normal as possible for students, just with more adults in the building,” said Dr. Thornton.

There are 22 year-round Milwaukee Public Schools.

They begin classes in early August and have the same number of instructional days as other schools, but have longer breaks in October, December and April and no school in July.

MPS is the largest public school district in the State of Wisconsin, with 184 schools serving approximately 82,000 students.

Achievement and improvement are guided by the MPS strategic plan, Working Together, Achieving More.

Media questions should be directed to Philip Harris in the MPS Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (414) 475-8902.


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