UWM-led project helps MPS students and the community

A community garden in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood has a couple welcome additions – two 10-by-15 foot wood structures that provide a place for gardeners to take a break, complete with folding benches, rain barrels and solar panels to power water pumps.

They were constructed by Milwaukee Public Schools students under the guidance of teachers and mentors from around the city taking part in the new NAF Future Ready Scholars program, led by UWM faculty members and staff. The program gives the high school students experience in a STEM-related activity that could spark interest in a related career.

The project resonated with Sophia West, a senior at Ronald Reagan High School, who helped put together the wooden benches.

“I would love to pursue architecture in the future,” she said, “and it was a lot of fun to get into the community and help.”