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MPS students spend holiday break learning through virtual camps

Wisconsin Humane SocietyThanks to community partners, Milwaukee Public Schools students had the chance to spend part of their holiday break learning about animals and music. The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music both delivered virtual programs to students in partnership with the MPS Extended Learning Opportunities office.

Twelve MPS students in grades 1 through 6 attended the Wisconsin Humane Society virtual winter camp. Participants took a virtual tour of the WHS, met live animals, played games, and created animal-related works of art. Students learned about appropriate ways to pet or approach a dog, animal body language, and careers in helping animals. Each camper received an exclusive WHS camp kit filled with supplies to make the camp engaging and facilitate hands-on activities.

Fourteen MPS students in grades 6 through 12 participated in a Music Technology camp through the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Campers joined conservatory faculty for three days to create and compose music using digital audio workstations to sample, record, mix, and master. This camp was an introduction to the rapidly growing industry of music production and technology. Campers received a subscription to Soundtrap software so they could mix and engineer their own songs. At the end of the camp, a listening party was held for students to showcase their creations.

The Extended Learning Opportunities office works with a variety of community partners to offer enrichment programming on nonschool days and during holiday breaks. Families can learn more about programs and partners on the Extended Learning Adventures web page.


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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