Milwaukee, WI: Students from Capitol West Academy, a public charter school on Milwaukee’s northwest side, celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a Read Across America celebration on March 2.
Honored guest and keynote speaker, Senator Lena Taylor, was on hand to read to 4th graders and address the entire school about the importance of reading. CWA was especially honored to welcome Senator Taylor, a lifelong Milwaukeean who still serves her childhood neighborhood today. She is the District 4 Wisconsin State Senator.
Senator Taylor began by reading a classic Seuss title, “Are you my mother?” followed by “Growing Table,” a book about fellow Milwaukeean and fresh-food advocate, Will Allen of Growing Power.
During her reading of “Growing Table,” Senator Taylor handed out some very unusual visual aids: a potato, zucchini, sweet potato, a head of cabbage and other fresh produce for the students to see and feel. They spent a couple of minutes talking about some of their favorite foods and with whom they like to share meals. Many of the students agreed that Grandma’s house for a holiday dinner is an absolute favorite. To top off the reading of the book, Senator Taylor had sprouts for the 4th graders to sample.
Senator Taylor was joined by more than 20 other Milwaukee professionals who volunteered their time to read favorite childhood books. Readers included Mary Kay Mark from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Cliff Asmuth from the A.W. Asmuth Fund, and John Steinmiller of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Capitol West Academy, located at 88th and Capitol, is a tuition-free public school for grades K4-8th grade. It provides a safe, nurturing, educational environment where children, with the support of their families and community, learn and grow to be successful lifelong learners and productive citizens. CWA is a charter school of UWM and its rigorous academics and curriculum focused on character development has earned it recognition as a National School of Character.