Pre-Conference

Half-Day Service Projects

8:30 am – 12:00 pm on Tuesday, May 15

 

At the 2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, you’re invited to join one of three Pre-Conference Service Projects, which will take place from 8:30am – 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This is your chance to get your hands dirty, meet folks from Milwaukee and across the country, have fun – and, most importantly, help out a local public school!

This year, we are thrilled to partner with Milwaukee Public Schools to help beautify public school playgrounds and exteriors. Descriptions of the Service Project opportunities are listed below. Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up for a service day project when you register for the conference!

Keefe Avenue School

Keefe Avenue School invites you to assist in sprucing up the school’s exterior play space. Keefe Avenue is an innovative elementary and middle school providing students with a strong academic curriculum that promotes social and academic growth. The surrounding area, often referred to by its zip code 53206, is home to historical landmarks including Union Cemetery and St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, the state’s oldest African-American congregation. Sections of these neighborhoods once constituted a stronghold of the black middle class and featured stately brick homes. Today, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development estimates that the poverty rate for children is about 66 percent.

Volunteers are needed for outdoor maintenance, including cleaning the playground site of debris and garbage, weeding along playground fence lines, mulching and tending to garden beds, trimming plants and bushes, and repainting playground line and game stripes. Your work at Keefe Avenue will support a vital community asset and ensure that the school’s children continue to have a safe and clean environment for recreation.

Service Project Volunteers will be transported by bus from the conference hotel at 8:30am to the Keefe Avenue School and will be transported back to the conference hotel by 12 noon, in time for the official kick-off of the conference. All tools and supplies will be provided. Note that this Service Project will involve physical activity, such as weeding or collecting trash. Please wear long pants and sleeves, and sturdy closed-toed shoes.

Gwen T. Jackson Street School

Gwen T. Jackson Street School (GTJS) invites you to assist in sprucing up the school’s exterior play space. GTJS is a pre-kindergarten–5th grade school nestled in the heart of the city dedicated to educating and empowering all members of its community. The surrounding area, often referred to by its zip code 53206, is home to historical landmarks including Union Cemetery and St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, the state’s oldest African-American congregation. Sections of these neighborhoods once constituted a stronghold of the black middle class and featured stately brick homes. Today, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development estimates that the poverty rate for children is about 66 percent.

Volunteers are needed for outdoor maintenance, including cleaning the playground site of debris and garbage, weeding along playground fence lines, mulching and tending to garden beds, trimming plants and bushes, and repainting playground line and game stripes. Your work at GTJS will support a vital community asset and ensure that the school’s children continue to have a safe and clean environment for recreation.

Service Project Volunteers will be transported by bus from the conference hotel at 8:30am to GTJS and will be transported back to the conference hotel by 12 noon, in time for the official kick-off of the conference. All tools and supplies will be provided. Note that this Service Project will involve physical activity, such as weeding or collecting trash. Please wear long pants and sleeves, and sturdy closed-toed shoes.

Former Dover School Building: Soon-To-Be Bay View Montessori Upper Campus

Milwaukee Public Schools invites you to join in an exciting transformation process by serving at the former Dover School Building. Located in southeast Milwaukee, the site is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen as the Bay View Montessori Upper Campus. Montessori schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools family have a record of strong academic achievement. The Montessori Method helps children reach their full potential through multi-age interactions in an inquiring, cooperative, and encouraging atmosphere.

Volunteers are needed for outdoor maintenance, including cleaning the playground site of debris and garbage, weeding along playground fence lines, mulching and tending to garden beds, trimming plants and bushes, and repainting playground line and game stripes.

Service Project Volunteers will be transported by bus from the conference hotel at 8:30am to the former Dover School Building and will be transported back to the conference hotel by 12 noon, in time for the official kick-off of the conference. All tools and supplies will be provided. Note that this Service Project will involve physical activity, such as weeding or collecting trash. Note that this site does not have bathroom facilities available. Please wear long pants and sleeves, and sturdy closed-toed shoes.

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