Wednesday, December 14, 2016
MILWAUKEE – Over 3,200 Milwaukee Public School elementary school students at 28 different schools participated in a volunteer project through United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Season of Caring Thursday.
The volunteer project consisted of a one-hour classroom activity. The goal for this event is to educate children about the importance of caring for and sharing with others, both inside and outside the classroom through a literacy lesson and hands-on-activity; to engage students in an age appropriate reading and story comprehension activity and inspire interactive conversation about the related topics; and to offer students an easy but meaningful volunteer activity that they can complete inside the classroom.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is supplying a book for the children that highlights the importance of caring and sharing. The book will be read aloud by the teachers with a corresponding activity that highlights the key messages of caring and sharing. Students will then complete a volunteer activity - making and coloring birthday cards, get-well cards, and meal program placements, which will be distributed to United Way’s local agency partners.
Dr. Driver was instrumental in bringing the volunteer project to the 28 schools. “It is important that we teach our children civic engagement,” said Dr. Driver. “It’s one thing to do well in school, but we need to teach our students what it means to not only do well in school, but to do well in our community. We are building good public stewards.”
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dariene Driver serves as the chair of United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Committee and was part of United Way’s Season of Caring volunteer hours goal, which the organization announced on Wednesday, December 14, they had surpassed by 4,374 hours. The original goal was 16,750.
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- More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
- The MPS Class of 2016 earned $51 million in scholarships; and
- MPS is home to eight of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.
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