Hot Summer Milwaukee Promotes Summer Learning Fun for Students
May 17, 2017
Mayor Tom Barrett and nine education and community organizations announced the collaboration for the second year in connecting Milwaukee families with fun summer learning and recreational activities through the Hot Summer Milwaukee online resource.
The Hot Summer Milwaukee online initiative is an easy-to-use web page to help Milwaukee parents and students participate in 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.
The Hot Summer Milwaukee 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.
“We all want our children to have a fun, safe summer, and providing access to local recreational activities makes that easier for Milwaukee parents and families,” Mayor Barrett said. “I am excited that this collaboration is giving families the best options for their children in Milwaukee this summer.”
Major partners include the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).
“Fun summer learning is a powerful tool for closing the achievement gap and keeping our kids safe,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “It’s exciting to see everyone coming together and support kids in Milwaukee, and I’m glad we can help make it happen.”
“Milwaukee Public Schools is pleased to work with our partners again this year to provide quality summer recreation programs for our young people,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver. “When adults work together, young people in our community benefit. We are proud to offer quality program through MPS Recreation, the Summer Academy and our new J-Term which helps students catch up, keep up and get ahead.”
In addition, School Choice Wisconsin, Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Division, United Neighborhood Communities of Milwaukee (UNCOM), and YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee are collaborative partners as well.
Through Hot Summer Milwaukee, this coalition of organizations 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.
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.