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201. MPS teacher awarded prestigious national educator prize
At Ronald Reagan IB High School, where I teach Spanish, Wednesday was a different kind of day for one teacher who stood out among educators across the nation.
202. Area apple orchards offer very different experiences
Autumn glory is upon us, and it's time for the most family-friendly outing of them all - apple picking! Our area offers no shortage of apple orchards to enjoy, and they each offer something a little different.
203. Opera singers visit Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Opera singers (and married couple) Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon will visit the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Ave., today at 2 p.m.
204. First toys for infants
For all children, toys are props and the process of play is valuable in the development of physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills. The toys an infant plays with today may help shape the skills a child masters tomorrow.
205. The five back-to-school apps you can't live without
It's back to school time for Milwaukee schools, and that can mean excitement and new beginnings. It can also mean chaos and stress for many families. Luckily, there's no problem a good app can't solve.
206. Getting ready for the new year: random notes on schools
Yesterday, I stopped at Allen-Field Elementary on Lapham Boulevard to drop off some school supplies that our friend Steve Palec, programmer Nick Barth and I had collected for kids at the K3-5 school with more than 700 pupils. Plus, some notes on school buildings.
207. Packers great brings anti-bullying campaign to Wisconsin schools
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler is making an appearance Saturday at the Great Lakes Dragaway to promote his grass roots approach to anti-bullying. His "Be a Buddy not a Bully" campaign against bullying. His campaign is striving to bring professionals, teachers, parents/families together to discuss, in an open microphone format, the social problems that derive from bullying in communities, churches and schools today.
208. Happy little camper
I didn't really go camping as a kid. It just wasn't something my family did. I started camping in high school and college, and have gone a handful of times since then. I enjoy it, as long as the trips are brief and showers are nearby. While I'm intrigued about really roughing it, I'm also OK with mixing in an easy camping outing every summer or two, and the time was finally right to introduce our daughter to the concept of enjoying the great outdoors.
209. Popular radio host gets real on air
During an audio blog with show co-host Kidd O'Shea, Elizabeth disclosed that she and her husband, Aaron, have been struggling to have a baby for two years and even had a miscarriage last April.
210. Foster care and adoptive parenting awareness on Wisconsin Avenue
Blue ribbons are flying on several light posts along Wisconsin Avenue in Downtown Milwaukee. They look great in the sunshine but look closer and you see they are promoting awareness around the need for foster care and adoptive parenting.
211. Super cheap Milwaukee summer, Part II: How did you spend it?
Several people made great suggestions for fun, cheap stuff through Facebook and Twitter after seeing my first post about this and we found/created a few of our own. You'll want to bookmark this page for summer 2014!
212. Bay View's indoor playground is open
Up, Up & Play - an indoor playground and learning center - quietly opened to the public yesterday at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., above the Down & Over Pub.
213. Super cheap Milwaukee summer
I don't work in the summers so money is much tighter. But I've also learned it's pretty easy to find yourself buying tickets or paying admission prices to keep the kids entertained as the season wears on. Those costs can add up quickly and they aren't really necessary if you are willing to think ahead, pack a picnic or spend some time outdoors. So far this year, we've tried a few things and here are our favorite examples of free Milwaukee fun.
214. Four MPS teachers named Star Discovery Educators
Four Milwaukee Public School teachers have been named STAR Discovery Educators by Discovery Education.
215. Havenwoods State Forest is a hidden gem for families
Who knew? Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, and offers over 200 acres of natural wildlife and woodlands. The Nature Center is buzzing with live reptiles, a "Books in Your Backyard" nature library, and free events for kids and families all year round.
216. Pint Size Polkas squeeze in gig on Summerfest's last day
For numerous years now, the band Pint Size Polkas has brought polka to the little people via the Summerfest Children's Stage. We caught a close-out performance this afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
217. Taking back Lake Geneva
With all that Lake Geneva offers less than an hour away from the city, maybe it's time for Milwaukeeans to look south for their "up north" vacation.
218. MAM's "Art Goes to the Movies" is great for kids
The exhibit is designed for children ages 3-12, and they will love seeing their favorite characters from animated movies and participating in the hands-on activities. But older visitors will appreciate learning about the intense research that goes into constructing animated worlds and the art and history that inspires the creative process. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31 and is definitely not to be missed.
219. Milwaukee Art Museum offers kid-friendly summer fun
It may seem counter-intuitive to bring a two-year-old to the Art Museum, but that's exactly what I did last Saturday. I feared we may be shushed out of the place or accidentally break something important. But surprisingly, it turned out to be a mostly stress-free morning full of discovery and hands-on fun. There was so much to do for children that we could hardly fit it all in before naptime.
220. Friends reflect on the life of Kevin Rock
Yesterday, one of Kevin Rock's friends contacted me and asked me to post something about Kevin, a beloved friend and hair stylist, who passed away on Saturday. Of course, because I did not know him personally, I reached out to a few of his friends for their thoughts on this much-loved Milwaukeean.
221. A quick guide to free family summer fun
Milwaukee is full of free family-friendly events and activities to keep your kids on their toes this summer without spending a dime.
222. PBS Idea Channel surprises Reagan High School students
It seemed like a regular school day for Dan Monfre's study hall section at Ronald Reagan High School. Little did they know, the camera crew from PBS's Idea Channel was hiding in the school's library waiting to surprise them.
223. Getting to the bottom of Bay View
A group of students from MPS' Bay View and Bradley Tech High Schools is working in concert with Discovery World to excavate a lost block of homes in Bay View this weekend.
224. Milwaukee Public Library summer reading program kicks off today
The Milwaukee Public Library kicks off their annual Super Reader Summer Reading Program today. The program encourages children to read or be read to every day during the summer, while tracking reading progress in a folder and earning incentives like free food and free admission to Milwaukee attractions.
225. Biden to Milwaukee student: People love chocolate
This morning, Jenny Aicher, a teacher at Downtown Montessori in Bay View, wrote to share some big news on campus. A student in her class received a handwritten note from Vice President Joe Biden.