Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School 6th Graders Work to Better the Lives of Others

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School 6th Graders Work to Better the Lives of Others
Posted on 02/13/2019
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As part of a Deeper Learning Project, teachers Julia Bratel and Nicole Harmeyer posed a serious question to 6th grade students. “We asked them what they would do to better the lives of children locally and globally,” explains Bratel, “It starts as a broad topic but students are then able to come up with a plan and research something they are passionate about.”

“Students have to research, collaborate, create a presentation, and implement their ideas,’ said Harmeyer, “they really put their literacy, math and communication skills to use while being creative and engaged in something that is meaningful to them.”

“I had a group of boys who were interested in studying gun and gang violence with youth,” said Bratel. “After working on the topic, students asked if they could school write letters and cards for various police departments in the area. They wanted to thank officers for their service and send condolences to those that lost comrades.”

In the end, Bratel collected letters and cards for the West Allis Police Department and several others. The vast majority were collected for the Milwaukee Police Department (District 3, District 4, District 6, and MPD TEU/K9/Motorcycle's).

In Harmeyer’s class, students raised money in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wish of a young girl from West Allis named Tegan. Students collaborated on a plan to make "Wish Week" (February 11-15) something every student could enjoy.

According to Harmeyer, “My students have been working hard to brainstorm, plan, and implement their "Wish Week" events. By writing a lot of letters to local businesses."

Some of the activities will include Spirit Dress-up Days in honor of Tegan, Selling "Crush" cans and Candy Grams during lunches (delivered on Valentine's Day), Selling Make-A-Wish bracelets and stars.  Students have also worked to coordinate a Staff vs. 8th Grade Students basketball game.

Students raised $11,157.56 during Wish Week with all the proceeds going to the Foundation so that Tegan gets her wish. "It’s amazing to see how students turn ideas into action and work to help others,” said Harmeyer.