Ernst & Young’s Longfellow School volunteer total nearly doubles to 75

MILWAUKEE – Seventy-five volunteers from the Milwaukee office of accounting firm Ernst & Young will spend their Tuesday helping Milwaukee Public Schools’ Longfellow School prepare for the new school year.

“It’s always been a tremendous day and a beehive of activity,” Longfellow Principal Wendell Smith said. This year, that beehive will be even busier: the volunteer total of 75 is nearly double last year’s total of 40.

Volunteers will work side-by-side with teachers and other staff to paint playground games, distribute textbooks, ready classrooms and hang posters that reinforce positive behavior as part of MPS’ implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The effort is a part of the firm’s nationwide EY Connect Day in which Ernst & Young offices around the country partner with local groups in need.

“We always say here that it takes dynamic adults to make changes in the lives of children and this is really one of those experiences where the community comes together and helps us to ensure that children leave Longfellow college- and career-ready,” Smith said.

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton thanked Ernst & Young for being among the numerous local businesses and organizations that make a positive difference in the lives of MPS children.

“We all feel we need to be a part of the community,” said Julie Hahn, senior manager of Ernst & Young’s Milwaukee office. “We’re helping the accountants of the future!”

Media are welcome to visit Longfellow, 1021 S. 21st Street, Milwaukee 53204, on Tuesday. Please contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675.

If you are interested in volunteering at an MPS school, contact Heather Aschoff at (414) 773-9823.