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Devoted teacher surprised with award for long-standing support of Dr. King celebration program

Comes in advance of annual citywide celebration set for Sunday

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Public Schools, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and McDonald’s Restaurants of Southeastern Wisconsin surprised a teacher Wednesday morning with recognition for long-standing support of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event through student-oriented programming.

The award is presented each year to a teacher who has contributed to the writing, speech and or art competitions annually and incorporated the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program into his or her teaching curriculum.

This year’s winner is Ms. Whitney Gulbronson, a teacher at MPS’ Riverside University High School.

Ms. Gulbronson, who is a Riverside grad, was a longtime Dr. King essay contest participant and won a Dr. King scholarship as a student there. Now as a teacher at her alma mater, she encourages her students and students across the school to participate. Recently, Ms. Gulbronson’s students have gone to the semifinal rounds in both the essay and speech contests. Her colleagues recognize her as a dynamic educator who mentors students and is a leader among the staff.

For her exceptional efforts and dedication to the program, Ms. Gulbronson was recognized in her classroom by Riverside Principal Michael Harris, Marcus Center President and CEO Paul Matthews and Ronald McDonald with a plaque, roses, balloons, a pair of tickets to Blue Man Group showing at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, and an iPad mini.  The award is sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants of Southeastern Wisconsin.  

The annual citywide Dr. King celebration will take place at the Marcus Center on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the event is free to the public and showcases the diverse talents of Milwaukee’s ethnic performing arts groups.



Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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