Some of the brightest students at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee were honored for their achievements in our MarVan Scholars academics program. To date, six kindergarten through second grade Club members earned a LeapFrog LeapReader and set of books, and six third through eighth grade Club members were awarded Google Chromebooks. The five-year program aspires to set Milwaukee’s future leaders up for success by increasing school attendance and improving academic performance.
In it, students complete 10 to 15-minute reading and math activities in the Compass Learning Odyssey online program based on their personal benchmark scores, determined by tests performed three times per year. Students are quizzed in the program in order to move to the next activities, and may be rewarded for their hard work and progress in the program by Club managers with great pieces of technology that further encourage learning in the form of Google Chromebooks and LeapPad LeapReaders.
We’re thrilled with the early results of our MarVan Scholars program, now in its second school semester; on average, more than 600 Club members complete over 3,500 activities in the online program per week. Made possible by a generous $5 million gift from longtime Clubs supporters Keith Mardak and Mary Vandenberg, MarVan Scholars is an extended learning day program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools. We rolled out the program at four Clubs this past fall and have since doubled that number, with the goal of reaching 33 Clubs by year five.
We’re grateful to Keith Mardak and Mary Vandenberg for making MarVan Scholars possible, and thankful for the dedication of our Club staff, as well as the support of our friends at Milwaukee Public Schools for bringing this program to life!