ON-Lion Letter
For eight weeks this summer, the Summit Educational Association’s Summit Summer Olympics provides opportunities for Milwaukee schoolchildren to strengthen their academic and athletic skills, in addition to fostering their character development.  Summit’s Academic and Character Enrichment Program serves approximately 400 students, with separate programs for girls and boys, all of whom will be entering grades 4-8 in the fall.  Beginning June 20th and ending August 5th, the camps are located in parks on Milwaukee’s south side, including Kosciuszko and Pulaski.

At the beginning of the summer, students are divided into teams, and each group is managed by a senior team leader as well as a junior coach.  These leaders teach academic courses, coach athletic activities, foster cooperation among the members of the group, meet with students' parents, and provide individualized advising for every child. 

Each day at Summit's camp includes three 45-minute academic classes in which students focus on reading, math, and character development.  In addition, the children participate in daily physical activities, such as baseball, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and tennis.  There are weekly field trips and career speakers, plus optional weekend excursions.  In July, campers enjoy a mid-summer picnic, and they celebrate their achievements at the end of the summer with an awards program held on August 5th.

Established in 1990 by its founder and executive director Matt Smyczek, Summit provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for Milwaukee's inner-city children throughout the academic year, in addition to offering its Academic and Character Enrichment Program in the summer.  It also offers a High School College Bound Program that provides resources to help participants prepare for success in post-secondary education. Summit emphasizes virtue-based character development in all of its programming in order to honor the dignity of each human being as it seeks to foster the intellectual, cultural, and moral growth of its participants.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Summit Educational Association.

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