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Siefert Elementary students engage with mentors through game-a-thon

Judge MosleyDice were rolling and cards were flipping as students at Siefert Elementary played games with volunteers during the school’s first annual game-a-thon. The event was organized as a means to engage students with community members in a casual environment. Mentors chatted with children about their careers, life paths, and volunteer service, and offered advice about college and careers.

Games for the event were selected to reinforce classroom skills such as math, literacy, memory, problem solving, spatial relationships and trivia. When students engage in board games, they practice important life skills such as patience, logic, taking turns and good sportsmanship.

Volunteers for the event included Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Mark Sain, Judges Derek Mosley and Valarie Hill, Channel 58 sports anchor Earl Arms, and OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo. Siefert’s community partner, the Cream City Links service organization, sponsored the event.

First-grade student Micaiah was excited about the game-a-thon. “It was a special day because I got to play with my friends and a new person who went to college and knew a lot about new games.”

Innovative events that engage students and the community are part of the district’s Eight Big Ideas: Re-envision Partnerships strategy to promote student achievement.

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