I had the privilege of attending one of the most exciting events of the year this month—our very own MPS World Fair. More than 2,500 students from 13 MPS schools filled the UWM Panther Arena to showcase the work they’ve been doing all year. They’ve focused on researching countries, learning new technology, analyzing global challenges, understanding the work of the United Nations, and engaging in service learning. I was impressed by the quality of their work, the depth of their understanding, and their passion for the issues facing our world neighbors. Thank you to our students, staff, families, and the UWM Panther Arena for the hard work that went into this incredible event!
The World Fair is made possible by some visionary local philanthropists, the Annette J. Roberts & Joan R. Robertson Fund for World Peace, World Law, and Peace Education. Through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the MPS Foundation, the trustees of this fund saw to the establishment of the United Nations School of International Learning (UNSIL) curriculum in MPS. The program began in 2016 in nine schools, and is now in 13 MPS schools.
As educators, we have moments that remind us of the reasons that we entered the field of education. For me, the World Fair provided one of those moments. The UNSIL program changes our students forever, developing them into compassionate world citizens who appreciate and respect their neighbors. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, our students will be ready for the global challenges that lie ahead. I was inspired by the enthusiasm of our students and teachers at this event.
I’m proud to see where our students are heading. This event gives me confidence that our students have a bright future and that the future is in good hands. Thanks to committed partners, our students can participate in programs that prepare them for the coming decades. With even more partners, the UNSIL program and other exciting initiatives can continue and can expand in our schools for the benefit of our entire community.