30 Vieau students expand their classroom to NYC

MILWAUKEE — Thirty eighth-grade students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Vieau School are expanding their classroom to New York City with a three-day Smithsonian Student Travel tour.

They left the school Tuesday afternoon.

The students’ trip, which will include stops at the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, connects to course content in history, engineering, math, art, music, media studies and life sciences. Resources provided by Smithsonian Student Travel will enhance the educational content.

A number of the students will complete coursework when they return that enables them to receive college credit.

“Travel opens your mind and allows you to think critically about the world around you, said Meralis Hood, one of the three teachers accompanying the students on their tour. “Offering this opportunity helps us prepare our students to become productive players in our global economy.”

Local businesses and business leaders including Keith Mardak, McDonald’s, Cafe Centraal, Home Depot, Grebe’s Bakery, the Milwaukee Brewers and WalMart teamed up with Vieau to help make the trip possible.

More information about Smithsonian Student Travel is at www.smithsonianstudenttravel.com.