Community Service: Be the Spark Tours

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) launched the “Be the Spark” Tour for the Milwaukee Public School District in 2014. The intent of the program was to show students the power of a college degree and the job opportunities an advanced education can provide. Seventh grade students from around the Milwaukee area have toured more than 46 local businesses since the program began. Schroeder Solutions had the privilege to host two schools, Angela McLaughlin’s class from Wedgewood Park International School and Kristine Esmond’s class from Audubon Technology and Communication Center Middle School.

Through an interactive presentation, our team shared project work with students and explained the education requirements necessary to qualify for various positions within the company. During these tours, students explored our office space, including the warehouse and loading docks, to get a feel for the capabilities of our company as well as our culture and work environment. Students spent time in our design library and retail space. They even tested some of the cool education furniture that we have within our office.

The Wedgewood Park International students were particularly inspired by the Schroeder Solutions’ design process. According to McLaughlin, “By opening your doors you allow my students to open their eyes to the abundance of possibilities. Your positive atmosphere and patience helped to keep them calm yet excited about learning. I have decided to have a contest with my students and have them redesign my classroom. Thank you for the inspiration and for investing your time in my students and showing them what great ideas can lead to.”

If you would like to learn more about the program, visit the MMAC website: http://www.mmac.org/business-tours-for-mps-7th-graders.html