Discovery World is collecting school supplies in throughout August to help make sure that Milwaukee Public Schools students have the materials they need for the upcoming school year and your help is requested.
All month long, you can get a $1 off general admission for every school supply item you donate, up to five items (though, of course, you want to bring more, right?).
The most commonly requested items for MPS students are packages of No. 2 pencils, washable markers, colored pencils and pens, notebook binders and filler paper, folders, pencil cases, calculators, graphing calculators, spiral bound single subject notebooks and, if you’re feeling really flush and generous, Chromebooks.
"The cost of purchasing school supplies can be a financial burden and we’re hoping to alleviate some of that pressure for local families here in Milwaukee," says Discovery World spokesman Paul Fladten.
"We hope that members of our community will come together to help our local youth receive the tools and equipment that will set them on a path towards future success."
You can also deliver school supplies to your neighborhood MPS school directly and while you’re there ask about volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.
In the meantime, bring some school supplies (they're already on display at local Target and other stores) to Discovery World and use your discounted admission to check out the expanded science and learning center.
The first day of school on the traditional calendar at MPS is Tuesday, Sept. 4. High schools, middle schools and some elementary schools is Aug. 13.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.