More than 40 children, parents, teachers and community members filled the Hopkins Street School gymnasium for the first annual Academic Olympics in Lindsay Heights recently. The Lindsay Heights Children’s Success Coalition — made up of area school principals — organized the event to promote education and scholastic achievement. “We know the statistics of third grade students, and where we lose them is in the area of math,” explained Mario Hall, program coordinator for the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Initiative. At Hall’s suggestion, the coalition decided to start promoting education through the math competition. Students were tested on their math skills individually and in groups, by school. The competition was modeled after the Milwaukee Public School’s standardized tests. Some teachers and coalition members agreed that the competition boosts both confidence and enthusiasm for learning in the students. As the competition grows, the areas of study will expand, according to Hall. Many students won multiple awards for individual achievement or for earning the highest score in their school. Milwaukee College Preparatory School brought home the 5-foot trophy for the highest scoring team.
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