Longfellow students and the school as a whole benefit from strong relationships with community organizations.
Established in 1969, Journey House is a community organization that enhances education, reduces unemployment and crimes, strengthens families and revitalizes neighborhoods. Journey House has established a Community Learning Center (CLC) at Longfellow that has been enthusiastically received by Longfellow students, families and staff members. Within this partnership, a link is created between the home, the school and the community. Parents, community leaders and local businesses collaborate to devise and implement instructional strategies that strengthen and support the Longfellow curriculum. Please see the CLC tab for further information or click here.
Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global corporate leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. This company aims to have a positive impact on businesses and markets, as well as society as whole. As part of its Education Counts campaign, Ernst & Young continues to donate backpacks to Longfellow students each year and has been donating money to MPS to be spent on school supplies for students since 2001. Ernst & Young has also coordinated volunteer efforts at Longfellow through Junior Achievement over the years.
Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership
H.W. Longfellow is proud to be one of eight Community Schools in MPS where students, families, teachers, staff, neighbors and partners all come together to create a thriving learning environment for students.
In connection with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) is a collective strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful.
Community Schools is a proven model to increase a school’s capacity to better engage and align partnerships centered on the self-identified, real-time priorities of schools and communities. Our strategy places the focus on the whole child by providing academic support, social & emotional learning, health & wellness, family & community engagement, and a safe and supportive climate.
Each Community School uses different strategies and activities to improve the school and community, but share the following guiding principles:
- Shared Leadership that engages multiple voices in decision-making and implementation. A full-time Community School Coordinator that supports continuous communication between all stakeholders in the development of a strategic plan.
- A focus on Equity to ensure all activities are fair and just so that all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.
- Cultural Relevance that builds on the assets of the entire community and responds to the self-identities of students, families, school staff and community members.
Engage: A full-time Community School Coordinator increases capacity of the school to engage multiple stakeholders including community partners, families, staff, students and neighborhood residents.
Aspire: Schools collectively identify school and community aspirations and barriers to success by collecting diverse knowledge through Community Conversations, combine with additional school & community data.
Prioritize: A site-based Community School Leadership Team analyzes data, develops a shared vision, key priorities and strategic plan through local-decision making.
Align: Community partnerships, initiatives and policies are developed and/or aligned to support shared vision and key priorities reflected in School Improvement Plan to ensure collaboration and collective action.
Our Community School Coordinator, Néstor D. Muro, is employed by our partner agency Journey House.
A variety of family resources exist within the community. The following stakeholders partner with Longfellow in an effort to reach out to students and families.
- BASICS (Brothers and Sisters in Christ Serving)
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
- Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
- City of Milwaukee (Mayor’s Office and Aldermanic District)
- Hunger Task Force
- Marquette School of Dentistry
- Milwaukee Police Department
- Mercado El Rey
- Pete’s Fruit Market
- Safe & Sound
- Salvation Army – Coats for Kids
- and more.