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)
See projects created by record 200 students from 30 MPS schools in action Thursday, May 9 at Milwaukee County Zoo
It may be spring, but a Milwaukee Public Schools student is already thinking ahead to the next Wisconsin winter and your next warm-weather gear purchase.
Felicia DeLeon, an 8th-grade student at MPS’ Manitoba School, took on the question of which winter coat insulation works best for her project at the 6th annual MPS District Science Fair.
She’s one of more than 200 students from 30 MPS schools displaying projects at the growing fair, up from 150 students last year. The MPS District Science Fair is set for Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Peck Welcome Center, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee 53226. Media are welcome to attend! The best times to visit are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Other interest-piquing projects include a Maryland Avenue Montessori School 4th-grade student’s assessment of music’s affect on memory, a Hmong American Peace Academy 7th grader’s analysis of the effect of caffeine on reaction time and a Golda Meir School 7th-grade student’s look at whether listeners retain facts better from a male or female voice. An 11th-grade student at MPS’ Morse Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented, is looking at how to expedite plant growth using the photosynthesis equation.
In addition to the 200 students attending, 10 exhibitors will offer hands-on science activities for students and more than 125 MPS staff members and community members will be judging and volunteering.
“We’re providing an opportunity for students to answer their own questions by constructing experiments,” MPS High School Science Teaching Specialist Karen Green said. “It sparks interest in science and it allows them to showcase it. The students are really proud.” MPS students learn science according to the district’s Comprehensive Mathematics and Science Plan (CMSP), which is based upon the rigorous Next Generation Science Framework.
Milwaukee Health Services Inc. is pleased to host its Fourth Annual Women’s Health Fair courtesy of Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and American Cancer Society® on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is happy to announce a Job Fair for Military Veterans will be held on Thursday, March 7th at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center from 9am – 1pm.
This is the ninth and largest job fair put on by the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office. More than 70 companies including Pepsi, FedEx Express, WE Energies and the Milwaukee County Parks Department will be on hand interviewing and hiring veterans. As part of this event, the Milwaukee County Parks Department has committed to hire 100 veterans for seasonal work this year.
Additional coordination and support for the event is provided by the Zablocki VA Medical Center and veterans employment representatives of the DWD Office of Veterans Services.
Holiday Folk Fair International will be held Fri., Nov. 16 – Sun., Nov. 18, 2012 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis.
Produced by the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair International celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of the Story,” will allow Fair-goers the opportunity to learn the ways in which music, food, dance, and art explain a culture’s history and traditions.
The three-day event features the All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Cafe offering traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people perform their ethnic dances, the Music Pavilion with a variety of musical styles, Heritage Lane with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits, the International Bazaar where cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience, and the Callen Construction Cooking Demonstration Stage featuring local chefs preparing traditional cuisine.
Holiday Folk Fair International will also host a United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Sat., Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. and a 5K Run/Walk on Sun., Nov. 18, at 9:00 a.m. Hours on Fri., Nov. 16 are 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 17; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 18. Advance tickets will be sold for $10 each, with family four-packs for $36, and can be purchased on-line at www.folkfair.org.
Admission at the gate will be $12 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; children under the age of five will be admitted at no charge.
Those 62 and over will be admitted for $10, and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free.
For more information on the 2012 Holiday Folk Fair International, visit www.folkfair.org or call the International Institute of Wisconsin at 414-225-6220.
Brown Street Academy Boys & Girls Club members may not have been old enough to vote but they were old enough to know that it’s important to exercise one’s right to vote. That’s why they hosted a Voters’ Day Fair to educate both parents and students about election process and encourage their parents to vote.
The Voters’ Day Fair was held last Friday at Brown Street Academy, 2029 N. 20th Street. The event was made possible through Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Young Leaders Community Action Fund.
At the Voters’ Day Fair, parents had an opportunity to get information on where to vote and how to register for voting. There was also a carnival with family-friendly games like “Pin the Flag on the White House,” election fun facts and performances.
Thanks to a gift from the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Young Leaders United Community Action Fund allows children and teens who live in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood to identify and financially support ideas to put forth by their peers that will enhance the life for all of its residents, schools and businesses.
Members of Brown Street Academy Boys & Girls Club came up with the concept, prepared a proposal for it and presented it to a panel from Young Leaders United Advisory Council.
Brown Street Academy and Augusta M. LaVarnway Boys & Girls Clubs, and Neu-Life Community Resource Center received grants of $850 and $300, respectively, from the fund for their projects.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012. For all the latest Club news, visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org, www.facebook.com/bgcmilwaukee or Twitter@bgcmilwaukee.
Milwaukee, Wis. – Holiday Folk Fair International will be held Fri., Nov. 16 – Sun., Nov. 18, 2012 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis. Produced by the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair International celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of the Story,” will allow Fair-goers the opportunity to learn the ways in which music, food, dance, and art explain a culture’s history and traditions. The three-day event features the All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Cafe offering traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people perform their ethnic dances, the Music Pavilion with a variety of musical styles, Heritage Lane with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits, the International Bazaar where cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience, and the Callen Construction Cooking Demonstration Stage featuring local chefs preparing traditional cuisine. Holiday Folk Fair International will also host a United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Sat., Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. and a 5K Run/Walk on Sun., Nov. 18, at 9:00 a.m. Hours on Fri., Nov. 16 are 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 17; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 18. Advance tickets will be sold for $10 each, with family four-packs for $36, and can be purchased on-line at www.folkfair.org. Admission at the gate will be $12 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; children under the age of five will be admitted at no charge. Those 62 and over will be admitted for $10, and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free. For more information on the 2012 Holiday Folk Fair International, visit www.folkfair.org or call the International Institute of Wisconsin at 414-225-6220.
Thirteen of the sixteen students who attended the 100 Black Men’s Honors Invitational attended a reception prior to their trip to Chicago. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
by Taki S. Raton
Sixteen seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit and Madison school districts were listed among the more than 200 students attending the Sixth Annual Honors Students (HSR) at the University of Illinois’ Chicago Circle UIC Forum.
Sponsored by the 100 Black Men Chicago Chapter, the invitational HSR is scheduled yearly on the second Friday in October in conjunction with their public Annual College Fair held the following day.
In association with the 100 Black Men Milwaukee Chapter, this is the fourth year since 2009 that Milwaukee has been granted the opportunity to participate in this exclusive senior event and the third consecutive year since 2010 that invitations were shared with select Wisconsin school districts.
High schools represented this year in Milwaukee include, Messmer, Marquette University High School, Riverside, Rufus King, Milwaukee School of Languages, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Divine Savior Holy Angels and Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. Students were additionally selected from Bradford High School in Kenosha, Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin and from Madison West High School in Madison.
Students in attendance were able to interact with college and university representatives from around the country, many of whom were of Ivy League status. The purpose of this gathering was to inspire dialogue exploring admissions and scholarship prospects.
Campus representatives were well aware that on this Friday’s invitational, they were interacting with top-of-the line potential applicants.
A sampling of the colleges and universities represented included Morehouse College, Notre Dame University, Carleton College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Notre Dame University, University of Minnesota, Wellesley College, US Air Force Academy, University of Michigan, Colorado College, Yale University, DePaul University, Eastern Michigan University, Howard University, Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Knox College, Purdue University, Brown University, and Northern Illinois University.
“This event gave me the chance to actually meet and speak with representatives from colleges that I had only seen and heard about online,” said Beverly Alomepe, a senior at Milwaukee School of Languages.
“It also gave me a chance to ask questions that I have always wanted to ask about specific campuses. Overall, it was an awakening experience and I am very glad I attended,” she adds.
Beloit’s Samantha DeForest-Davis noted that “This was a great opportunity to see what is out there. It opened my eyes to colleges to which I had never thought of applying. And it was wonderful seeing other students like myself who are serious about their future and trying to better themselves and their communities.”
Bradford High School’s Colin Barushok said that he was “very impressed with the caliber of students who were present and it was indeed an honor to be invited.”
Nine parent chaperons accompanied the students to Chicago. James Harris, father of Divine Savior Holy Angels senior Morgan Harris recalls that “I found this event sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Chicago to be quite enlightening for our young leaders of tomorrow.”
He adds that “not only was the evening very well organized, but the college representatives were extremely knowledgeable and helpful with information on their respective campuses and they took the time to answer questions and provide guidance on admissions and scholarship details.
“I would recommend the Honors Student Reception to any parent with high achieving college bound students.”
Beverly’s father, Evan Alomepe said of the HSR that, “It has been an eye-opening experience for both my daughter and myself. It was very helpful to talk to college representatives and examine their brochures. Also, networking with other parents present with their seniors was very inspiring.”
Beverly Resch, mother of Madison West senior Isaiah Scott thought that the HSR was, “A great opportunity for students and exposed them to many colleges and universities that they were probably not aware of prior to attending this event. The food was also delicious!”
100 Black Men of Chicago Board Chair Craig Gilmore said of the event that the area’s “most prepared high school seniors shared their Friday evening meeting with representatives from 35 nationally prominent colleges and universities discussing their college aspirations.”
He adds that, “given all that we hear about our young people and their lack of direction and the apathy of parents, it was gratifying to see both parents and students engaged in life-altering conversations. Proof positive, that when provided a choice, our young people will choose educational opportunities.”
In association with the 100 Black Men Milwaukee Chapter, a meet-and-greet send-off gathering was held at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (WAAWC), 3020 West Vliet for the area students and parents before boarding the carpeted coach bus provided by Providence Baptist Church.
College Access Center – North director Charnessa Dunlap-Parker, Springfield College Professor Dr. Warren Braden and WAAWC co-founder Josephine Hill were invited to provide congratulatory remarks to the guest.
As of 2011, a total of 75 students from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison who have met the 3.3 GPA minimum and 23 cum or above on the ACT have been identified and invited to the HSR.
The Brentwood Health Organization (BHO), a ministry outreach of the Brentwood Church of Christ, held its first Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 6. An array of health and social service organizations were on hand to provide resources and services. Available screenings included blood pressure checks from Columbia St. Mary’s/Sandford Brown students and flu shots from Walgreens (91st Good Hope location). Dental care information was provided by The Center for Exceptional Dentistry. In addition to providing resource information, Salvation Army’s mascot was a huge hit at the event.
“Providing events such as this allows us the opportunity to put our faith into action,” stated BHO Executive Director Phyllis Mills. “Jesus met the physical needs of people in addition to their spiritual need.” Governing Board Director Clarene Mitchell added, “Communities of color suffer disproportionately from almost every health issue. It is imperative that more attention is brought on these disparities, more resources and access to care need to be provided.” In addition to the health fair, BHO provides health education programs throughout the year.
Healthcare Without Walls is BHO’s theme. They put this into action on the Saturday prior to the event by going outside the physical walls of the church to do door-to-door canvassing in the area surrounding the church. BHO governing and executive board members talked with neighbors about the community health fair and passed out flyers. Over 600 flyers were distributed on that day.
(Photos by Robert Bell)
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church will present a College Fair on Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. The College Fair is a ministry outreach of The College Ministry and Youth Department of Pilgrim Rest and will be held in the fellowship hall of the church, 3737 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. The College Fair is tailored for young people from middle school through high school who are thinking about attending college and are interested in finding out more about the different things involved in getting into college and succeeding in college.
There will be sessions where you can talk to representatives from different colleges and universities and college graduates and current college students share their insights and wisdom about what you should know. There will also be break-out sessions on topics such as maintaining your faith in college, deciding which college or university to attend, financial aid and scholarships, writing the application essay, taking the ACT/SAT, TRIO programs and precollege programs such as Upward Bound. This inside information should help you in providing an edge in the competitive process.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, an application is available at the Pilgrim Rest website under events at http://pilgrimrest.homestead.com or call Linda Kincaid at (414) 305-0032, Arrila Eversley at (414) 292-5158, or Frank Wilson at (414) 464-5296.