The UW-Milwaukee Chapter of Student WEA participated in some great events throughout the year which we will be doing again. They were all extremely fun and educational and some even gave us the chance to work with other chapters from around the state. Here is a small sample of what we have done and remember that if any events appeal to you feel free to stop by a meeting or contact us for information on how you can get involved!
Sam's Hope Book Give Away/Book Fair The goal of this non-profit organization, Sam's Hope is to promote literacy in inner city school children. Sam's Hope works with many different businesses like the Milwaukee Bucks, Business Journal, Discovery World, Kids Matter, New Threads of Hope, K.I.D.S., Scholastic, and UWM-Student Wisconsin Education Association in order to fund their mission. Many students that receive these books have never had a book of their own. One of the special parts of what they do is the books are given directly to the students rather than to the school to give them a sense of ownership and pride. Any step in helping this organization grow will help stop this problem with illiteracy in our inner city students.
We will be working with this non-profit organization through our Scholastic book fair that will be held on November 15-18th in Denemark Lounge in Enderis from 9am to 4pm. The grade range for the books that will be sold are kindergarten through eighth grade. All of the Scholastic book money that we raise, we will be giving to Sam's Hope. Barbara Garner, who is in charge of this organization will receive all of the raised money and buy books for the inner city school children and distribute them.
Fall Professional Development SeminarLast Fall our annual PDS was in Appleton, WI and it turned out great! Student WEA members from all around the South Region of WI gathered to attend seminars on all different topics including alternative education, interview/resume tips, health care reform, teacher contracts, praxis 1 preparation, and many more. Gloria Ladson-Billings was our keynote speaker who is a professor at UW-Madison for Urban Education and who wrote several books including, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children. She gave an incredibly entertaining presentation about issues of multicultural education and culturally relevant pedagogy.
This years Fall Professional Development Seminar is closer this year. It is in Waukesha, WI, November 12 and 13th. Food and Board is provided.
To honor and recognize all of our educators on campus we provided breakfast at Enderis Hall. We also created many Teacher Gift Baskets and Thank-you cards as a small token of our appreciation for all that they do.
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
To honor Dr. Seuss's Birthday on February 29th, we traveled to a K4 kindergarten class at 65th street school. We made hats with rhyming words and read books with the class. This was another program that helped us get hands-on experience in the classroom and taught us a lot.
Nursery Bag ProjectThis event allowed us to reach out to a different group of children: newborns! We packed nursery bags full of educational information for new mothers at Columbia St. Mary's hospital near campus and included all kinds of goodies a new baby needs. It was a great experience and the moms along with the hospital were thrilled to have us! We hope to continue an event like this in the future.
Representative AssemblyThe Student WEA Representative Assembly (RA) is a professional event where all the chapters throughout the state can get together to make changes to our constitution, elect state board members and award chapters for their hard work in different areas. It is an event that teaches us as students what WEAC does on a much larger scale as well as is a great way to network with other schools.
Outreach To TeachThis years annual Student WEA Outreach To Teach event took place in Pardeeville, WI. Although it was quite a drive for us from Milwaukee, it was an AMAZING event! Outreach To Teach brings all chapters of StWEA together to help re-do a school or in this years case, two elementary schools in the area. Members helped paint, organize, and all around upgrade Pardeeville Elementary School and Marcellon Elementary School. It was an amazingly rewarding experience and a whole lot of fun at the same time!
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