ON-Lion Letter
In July, the Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE) organization in Milwaukee joined extended-learning advocates across the country in celebrating Summer Learning Days.  Substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, PAVE's mission is to make excellent educational opportunities possible for families in the city.

Now in its third year, PAVE’s Extended Learning Initiative for low-income urban students is aimed at addressing the skill loss that can occur during the summer months, closing the achievement gap between low- and high-income students, and providing a variety of quality enrichment programs and activities for students.  More than 2,000 students from 12 Milwaukee choice and charter schools are participating in the 2009 program.

Larry Hisle, former Milwaukee Brewers star and hitting coach for the world-champion Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and '93, spoke to students at the Academy of Learning and Leadership.  Hisle is now the manager of youth outreach for the Brewers.  Urban Day School celebrated with the Animal Tracks program, an interactive animal-awareness program designed for students in grades K-8.  Farm animals, including chickens, goats, and ponies visited students at the school.

Later, PAVE collaborated with the Milwaukee Public Library for a Super Reader event at the Atkinson branch.  Elementary students from PAVE partner Garden Homes Lutheran School Consortium participated in a reading and storytelling event. 

The annual Summer Learning Day event is organized by the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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