MSL students collaborate on service-learning project for their community

Little Free Library 7 UnveilingHigh school students at Milwaukee School of Languages (MSL) collaborated to build a Little Free Library for their community. The project teamed up students from Ms. Loosen’s Writing Lab class with students in Mr. Beason’s Home Repairs class. The Little Free Library was installed in Auer Garden, a small green space north of the MSL parking lot.

Using their writing skills, students planned, pitched and marketed the library. They also ran a book drive to fill the library with its first batch of books. Mr. Beason’s students constructed the library. ACE Hardware donated building supplies, and the Kops Park Neighborhood Association donated the cost of registering the library. Students, neighbors and school staff gathered for the grand opening earlier this month.

This project is an example of Service-Learning – a teaching strategy encourages students to apply the knowledge and skills they are learning in the classroom to meet real community needs. MPS students can complete a service-learning project in order to meet graduation requirements. Scroll down to see more examples of service-learning in MPS.

Building a Connected Community

Ninth graders in Mr. Beyer’s Restorative Practice class at Bay View Middle & High School use the Design Cycle and community-building skills, along with Art & Design skills and Social Studies concepts to strengthen relationships with area residents and beautify the park they all enjoy.

Ninth graders in Mr. Beyer’s Restorative Practice class at Bay View Middle & High School use the Design Cycle and community-building skills, along with Art & Design skills and Social Studies concepts to strengthen relationships with area residents and beautify the park they all enjoy.

Following in the Footsteps of the Abolitionists

Slavery in America didn’t end with the Civil War. Students in Mr. Wild’s U.S. History classes at Riverside reflect on strategies used by Abolitionists more than a century ago in order to develop their own anti-slavery campaign and increase awareness of the modern day practice of human trafficking right here in Milwaukee.

Slavery in America didn’t end with the Civil War. Students in Mr. Wild’s U.S. History classes at Riverside reflect on strategies used by Abolitionists more than a century ago in order to develop their own anti-slavery campaign and increase awareness of the modern day practice of human trafficking right here in Milwaukee.

Dispelling Myths about Organ Donation

While addressing Health Education standards of Decision-Making and Advocacy, Hamilton Health teachers Kay Nichols and Lisa Breitrick challenge students to meet a real community need by finding ways to dispel myths about organ donation.

While addressing Health Education standards of Decision-Making and Advocacy, Hamilton Health teachers Kay Nichols and Lisa Breitrick challenge students to meet a real community need by finding ways to dispel myths about organ donation.

Making History by Making Something Better

World History can be looked at as the story of people around the world trying to make things better for themselves, their families, and their communities. But how do you decide what needs to be better? Students in Ms. Halsey’s World History classes at Bay View Middle & High School apply the research skill of community mapping to identify a real need in the Layton Boulevard West community and work with a community organizer from Layton Boulevard West Neighbors to create and carry out a solution.

World History can be looked at as the story of people around the world trying to make things better for themselves, their families, and their communities. But how do you decide what needs to be better? Students in Ms. Halsey’s World History classes at Bay View Middle & High School apply the research skill of community mapping to identify a real need in the Layton Boulevard West community and work with a community organizer from Layton Boulevard West Neighbors to create and carry out a solution.

Protecting our Great Lakes Water Source

After studying the water cycle and the importance of clean water, students in Mr. Hansen’s Physical Science class at South Division decide to do their part by making and decorating rain barrels that they will donate and install for area residents.

After studying the water cycle and the importance of clean water, students in Mr. Hansen’s Physical Science class at South Division decide to do their part by making and decorating rain barrels that they will donate and install for area residents.