Summer is a great opportunity for children to explore different educational fields they may enjoy and continue practicing what they know so that they’re prepared to enter school again in the fall. Kenosha County offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests so that students can continue growing as they enjoy their summer breaks.
UW-Parkside has numerous summer programs for children so they stay academically driven while not attending school. Some of these include: Youth mindfulness—focused on helping students learn how to manage stress at a young age; lego robotics—for middle schoolers who want to learn more about the use of robotics; environmental explorers—a week long program for middle schoolers who want a hands on learning experience with the environment; codebreakers—a new summer program for students who want to get a grasp on the basics of coding; and many more.
The City Park Alliance Program will be available again this summer at Lincoln park, now also offered at Wilson and Roosevelt. It is a free program offered to students ages six through 18. Lunch is served daily at 1:30pm and the program runs from 12-6pm Monday through Friday starting on June 18th and ending on the 24th of August. The City Park Alliance Program is hosted at the Lincoln Park Oribiletti Center. Daily activities can include: organized outside sports, arts & crafts, music, game room, educational activities, movies, and more.
The Kenosha YMCA offers a summer day camp for children 5-15 years old that promotes a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Activities vary in the sciences, arts, athletics, and field trips. With their four values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring - The YMCA promotes a positive and safe environment for children to grow while having fun. The camp includes a T-Shirt, breakfast, lunch, a snack, transportation and admission for most field trips, recreational rock climbing, swimming, and a lot of fun. They also offer Callahan Kids Camp for those K-6th grade, Camp Adventure for those in summer school, and Teen Scene camp for students in 7th-8th grade.
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha has two different programs your child can participate in. for $60 a week Monday through Friday at 7am-5pm, students ages 6-12 can partake in the Summer AM Adventure Program for an assortment of activities both educational and recreational. They also have the Summer Quest Camp for members of the Boys & Girls Club ($20 per year per individual or $30 a year per family) where children ages 6-12 can look forward to different activities every week from 12-5pm. Some of these activities include gym, STEM programming, photography, game room tournaments, field trips, and more!
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Article written by Megan Maurer
Published in Kenosha News
With the success the Smart Beginnings Network has had in its first year, we are excited to add a dedicated staff member to lead this work! Lynn Debilzen joined the team in March as the Manager of Birth to 8 for both Building Our Future in Kenosha County and Higher Expectations in Racine County. Lynn is leading our Smart Beginnings and Early Grade Reading Networks.
Lynn's background is in program management and child development. Prior to joining the team, Lynn worked for national nonprofits Bright by Three, Playworks, and Jumpstart. Lynn earned her MBA in Social Impact Management from Brandeis University, her MA from The University of Montana, and her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
If you live in Kenosha and care about future generations, you should grab a copy of the Baseline Report 2017 that was released by a local non-profit, Building Our Future.
Building Our Future is Kenosha County’s first cradle-to-career collective impact effort focused on education and workforce development.
The baseline report is filled with information that measures success in school, utilizing testing results along with demographics. It’s also important to know that the measurement going forward will be the same so that comparisons to the baseline will show areas of progress or areas of decline.
A report like this cuts several ways. It measures all students and then divides students up, depending on the color of their skin and if they come from an economically challenged environment.
Here’s the problem, many people see the indicators and make them the problem rather than a measurement of the problem. When some read a report like this, they extend their own, personal beliefs and use the measurements to blame others or make excuses for inequities.
We’ve heard the blame game many times: it’s the test’s fault, it’s the teacher’s fault, it’s the student’s fault, it’s the parent’s fault, it’s because they are black, it’s because they are white, it’s because they are poor, etc.
Here is one example of the data:
Third grade English/Language Arts (ELA): Measuring reading skills is important because research has shown that third-grade reading proficiency is linked to high school performance, graduation and college enrollment for Wisconsin students.
In Kenosha County, about 45 percent of the students are meeting state ELA norms for third grade, and 67 percent of economically disadvantaged students are below proficient standards. When it comes to race, 56 percent of white students are proficient, 13 percent of black students are proficient, and 27 percent of Hispanic students are proficient.
Did you just fall into the trap of casting your personal bias or beliefs on a group of students because of the way the measurement tool works? To be sure, when conclusions are drawn on the measurements instead of defining the real problem behind the measurement, polarization and lines in the sand are drawn and everyone starts pointing the finger at something or someone instead of digging deeper.
Editorial written by and published in The Kenosha News
The Mary Lou & Arthur Mahone Fund are celebrating 20 years of service to the community. Named after an influential woman, leader and activist in the community, Mary Lou Mahone demonstrated love and prayer throughout the course of her life and through her acts of service. After the passing of Arthur Mahone, the fund was named after the duo to recognize the difference they made in the community. They created this fund to help other students who embody that drive in their educational careers and help them succeed in those dreams.
With over 230 students being able to attend college after being awarded scholarships from the fund and now being able to send out 13 scholarships thanks to the Reaching for Rainbows gala, the Mahone fund is making a difference in the community for many generations. About 36% of the county has post-secondary education—being able to contribute in increasing these percentages has given us reason enough to recognize this fund.
The Reaching for Rainbows gala that took place on May 5th at Carthage College is important to the organization because it recognizes the importance of helping students pursue their dreams and giving them the academic opportunity to do so.
With the end of the spring semester ringing near, Marissa Greathouse, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and past recipient from the Mahone Fund, is looking towards her future and the opportunities that lie ahead of her.
Marissa was raised in Kenosha after moving here from Waukegan. She attended Jeffery Elementary, Washington Middle, and then Indian Trail in the biotech program offered. Both Washington and Indian Trail offered technology programs where every student was given a laptop. “This gave me an advantage in college because I had already mastered Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more while my peers were just starting to grasp the basics”.
Marissa is a 2014 recipient of the Mahone scholarship. After struggling to enjoy and attend college without financial concern out of state, she enrolled in the dual degree program at UW-Parkside. This May, she will be walking the stage at UW-Parkside with a B.A. in sociology, B.S. in psychology, a minor in ethnic studies, and a certificate in mental health skills. She is currently working as a youth specialist at Safe Haven in Racine as well as a case manager for a middle school engagement program. After graduation she will be joining the AmeriCorps for a year and then hopes to attend graduate school for a Marriage and Family Counseling program.
Marissa is well on her way to earning over $1.5 million more in the course of her lifetime than those who hold only a high school degree. By 2020, 62% of WI jobs will require a PS credential and the Mahone Fund is a bright spot in helping Kenosha achieve that.
Article written by Megan Maurer
Published in the Kenosha News