Wisconsin Lutheran College receives $10,000 in grants for academic camp

July 18, 2006

MILWAUKEE - During the next two weeks, 50 seventh and eighth grade students from the Hopkins Street Elementary School, a Milwaukee public school, will benefit from Wisconsin Lutheran College's summer arts and science camp. The program, funded by $10,000 in grants from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, runs July 17-27 in the college's new Science Hall with 25 students participating each week. In addition, Thursday, July 20 from 1-5 p.m., all 50 students will venture to the Milwaukee County Zoo to get a behind-the-scenes look at animal anatomy.

For the past several years, Wisconsin Lutheran has run the camp for urban students from Milwaukee public schools as a way to supplement science and art instruction. This hands-on camp, taught by Wisconsin Lutheran College professors Dr. Paul Boehlke and Kristin Gjerdset, pairs biology and the study of anatomy with art that focuses on anatomical drawing. At the end of the two weeks, students will be able to take art supplies home and continue their studies.

"[The camp] truly reflects the need to inspire urban, young people to increase and enhance their understanding and ability to 'do science,'" says Joan Prince, vice chancellor of partnership and innovations at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Greater Milwaukee Foundation board member.

"The college is in the business of education, but we are not just in it for ourselves," says Sharon Patterson, director of corporate and foundation relations at Wisconsin Lutheran. "We want to connect with the community and be of service to them with programs like this one."

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a four-year, liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.