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Awards honor school achievement thanks to Coast Guard tutors

Coast Guard Tutors

Students at Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology in Bay View have improved their test scores in reading and math thanks in part to a long-term tutoring commitment from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education program enabled members to support ten grade levels in the school. The 33 volunteers participated in weekly tutoring sessions with students identified by teachers as being in need of assistance in math, reading, science, study skills or history.

Two awards have been given recognizing the commitment and achievement that resulted from this partnership.

For the first time, MPS has conferred Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology with a STAR 360 award. This recognizes that the school has no gap in early literacy and has closed the achievement gap by more than 20% in reading and 30% in math, according to Dr. Katrice Cotton, regional superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan was honored with a Partnership in Education award for Best Unit Partnership for its service to MPS. By expanding opportunities for one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, Coast Guard members provided Trowbridge students with more than 900 hours of direct interaction.

Captain Amy Cocanour, Lieutenant Jesse Webster, and seven other Coast Guard members also visited the staff and students of Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology to present a plaque of appreciation to Principal Thomas Matthews and to recommit to this partnership in the years ahead.

Building strong community partnerships aligns with the MPS Eight Big Ideas: Re-envision Partnerships strategy to promote student achievement. Student success is enhanced through the presence of caring, committed adults in the classroom.

MPS is grateful for the volunteer commitment of the Coast Guard and is proud of the hard work accomplished by the staff and students of Trowbridge School.

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