Hot Summer Milwaukee Returns
2nd year of program offers education, recreation and camps.
Mayor Tom Barrett and nine community organizations announced their collaboration for the second year of Hot Summer Milwaukee, an online resource for parents to easily find a place for their kids to learn while also having fun this summer.
Pods of people scattered the tiled rotunda of the City Hall yesterday afternoon. They anxiously awaited the introduction to Hot Summer Milwaukee, version 2.0.
Barrett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver spoke about how parents struggle to find productive things for their kids to do during the summer, how important learning is throughout the year, and what they’re doing to make it easier for parents to find a place where their kids can have fun while learning during the summer.
Barrett started the ball rolling, thanking each and every one of the partners of Hot Summer Milwaukee. They include Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, School Choice Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, 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.
“Right now there are mothers throughout the city, fathers throughout the city, who are pulling their hair out thinking what can I do to make sure my child has something to do that’s productive this summer,” said the mayor. “That’s why we’re here.”
Evers expressed gratitude to the partners of Hot Summer Milwaukee for what he said was a great first year. This year, he noted, “We are expanding our efforts. We are making sure that we are using social media to reach out to folks, digital media to reach out to parents and the community members, and trying to work directly with the parents to make sure they understand the opportunities that are available to them and their young folks at home.”
Evers said he believes Summer School is one of the most important ways to raise a young person’s achievement and academic level. Through yearlong learning, children have a greater chance of success in the future.
Driver reinforced that theme. “This is our favorite time of year,” she said. “In MPS, learning really is a year-round activity. It’s something we want our young people to be doing 24/7, literally.” Driver was pleased to announce that the city will be dedicating $1.4 million annually just for summer programs.
At that point Barrett introduced a Milwaukee parent. The webpage was projected on to a screen for easy visibility, as she showed everyone how the webpage works, how to navigate and how to search for certain areas or schools.
In addition to combing fun activities and learning, Hot Summer Milwaukee provides a safe environment for kids during the summer and delivers access to good nutrition. Parents can choose from one-day events, week-long camps, summer school with field trips, bridge programs that help children transition to the next level, or community events.
Hot summer Milwaukee is dedicated to helping city students in kindergarten through high school.