MPS students celebrate world cultures

March 27, 2017


 Milwaukee Pluclic School Post

 March 21, 2017 (click here for link)


Through a new United Nations Schools of International Learning program, students are expanding their understanding and knowledge of global cultures and ways that interrelationships affect our world. On March 20 at the Tripoli Shrine Center, Milwaukee Public Schools elementary and middle school students presented a special program to celebrate cultures and identify the challenges facing countries around the world.

Nine MPS schools took part – Bethune Academy, Burbank, Garland, Humboldt Park, Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language, Parkview, Story, Victory and Zablocki. These schools are attended by large numbers of students from immigrant and refugee families. Across all nine schools, a total of 35 native languages are spoken by students.

Classes have been working all year on their projects. Exhibits included photos, maps and important facts about each country, as well as strengths and challenges and the role each country plays in its region or continent.

This work is part of a new district initiative: the United Nations Schools of International Learning program. It is sponsored through a $100,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Annette J. Roberts & Joan R. Robertson Fund for World Peace, World Law and Peace Education. Ms. Robertson attended the event as an honored guest.

Programs to expand student understanding about the world around them are part of the MPS Eight Big Ideas: Educate the Whole Child strategy to promote student achievement.

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