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MILWAUKEE RECREATION (the Milwaukee Public Schools
(MPS) Department of Recreation & Community Services) serves
to strengthen and extend the bond between public education
and the community. Founded in 1911 by legislation that was
reportedly the first of its kind to assign a local public
school system the responsibility for conducting recreation
programs, MILWAUKEE RECREATION has maintained a leadership
position throughout its history. Multiple use of public school
facilities for community services, especially in the evenings,
has earned MILWAUKEE RECREATION the distinction of being recognized
nationally as the "City of the Lighted Schoolhouse."
MILWAUKEE RECREATION carries out its mission to enrich the
lives of Milwaukee's youth, adults, and families
through many innovative programs. These programs are designed
to improve the academic achievement of all students during
non-school hours, strengthen families, reduce crime in the
neighborhoods, and enhance the well-being of all residents.
A sampling of the exemplary programming includes:
MILWAUKEE RECREATION personnel include over 50 full-time
program & clerical staff, plus approximately 2,500 part-time
employees hired annually as instructors, leaders, field attendants,
umpires and referees. Over 100 schools and community locations
are programmed on an annual basis to serve the Milwaukee community.
Additional historical information can be found here.