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Hot Summer Milwaukee Promotes Summer Learning Fun for Students

May 26, 2016 

Mayor Tom Barrett and nine education and community organizations have collaborated to launch a new online resource, hotsummermke.com, which connects Milwaukee families with fun summer learning and recreational activities.

The Hot Summer Milwaukee online initiative is an easy-to-use web page that will help Milwaukee parents and students find academic summer programs at public, charter and private schools. In addition, information on community programming, including summer camps, wraparound care and summer festivals, will be made available on the webpage.

“Through our Hot Summer Milwaukee initiative, we are identifying fun summer learning and recreational activities for Milwaukee children during the summer months,” Mayor Barrett said. “This unprecedented and unique collaboration is giving Milwaukee parents the best options for their children this summer.”

The web page features an interactive calendar to guide families in selecting a school (academic), a block (community activity), or a spot (day-, week-, or month-long camps or events) that will keep children engaged throughout the summer months.

Major partners include the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), School Choice Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Charter School Advocates.

“Expanding opportunities for fun summer learning will help keep kids engaged and safe,” State Superintendent Dr. Evers said. “I'm glad we could bring together so many great Milwaukee leaders and work collaboratively to close the achievement gap.”

“This is what collective impact is all about -- coming together to improve the lives of our young people,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Driver said. “We are proud to partner in this effort as we offer more than 90 summer school and recreation sites for students in grades K-12, including a 2,000-student expansion of our Summer Academy program.”

“Keeping students engaged over the summer helps retain academic gains,” said Jim Bender, President of School Choice Wisconsin. “Combining with partners across Milwaukee, we hope this campaign leads to a brighter future for all students.”

“This collaboration is a big win for kids across the City and it’s going to have a direct impact on summer learning and school readiness for the fall,” said Sean Roberts, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Charter School Advocates.

In addition, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Division, United Neighborhood Communities of Milwaukee (UNCOM), and the YMCA of Milwaukee are collaborative partners as well.  

These partners and Hot Summer Milwaukee are focused on extending learning beyond the school year and creating summer activities for students in kindergarten through high school in safe, structured settings throughout the City.

“The member agencies of United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee are proud to join this great partnership to provide safe summer and educational activities for Milwaukee children,” said Tony Shields, UNCOM Executive Director. “We are proud to partner with DPI, MPS, the City and all of the great Milwaukee partners to help the children from our neighborhoods have a summer of educational learning and fun.”

This collaboration is unprecedented in its approach by bringing all cross-sector academic options alongside a broach range of community enrichment programs to keep K-12 students learning throughout the summer and ready for the upcoming school year.

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