Coronavirus Update: Meals for Kids and Seniors, Sports, Rec Programming, and More

These updates are posted on the city’s digital platforms three times each week. Click here for a more detailed update, including on “burden rate.”

From fitness to sports to programming to the arts, the community commitment from the South Milwaukee School District is easy to see.

Here is an update on some of those efforts, amid the pandemic …

  • South Milwaukee Rec Department: The department shared an update on Tuesday, August 25, including word of plans for a limited schedule of activities this fall. Details here. From it: “The physical, mental and emotional health and safety of our students and their families, coaches, advisors and staff is our highest priority. We understand that as things change, these changes will impact our participants. We will do our very best to think creatively with not only the activities and sports we will run this fall, but for those that will not run, as well. We ask for your continued patience as we determine how to address things in the best possible manner going forward. As we move thru the upcoming months, we will keep you updated as registrations open up for various programs.”
  • South Milwaukee Fitness Center: The center reopened in a limited way in July. More details here.
  • South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center: The SMPAC also announced its limited reopening plans in July, with a couple of shows already rescheduled for 2021. A couple of smaller shows are expected to be announced after Labor Day.
  • Varsity sports: The South Milwaukee School Board has endorsed Woodland Conference plans to allow, with safety precautions, for the following fall varsity sports seasons: cross country, girls swimming, girls tennis, boys and girls volleyball, and cheerleading and poms. Practices for all but volleyball are underway; it begins Sept. 8. Schedules are being finalized for all sports. Football and boys soccer will be played as part of the WIAA’s alternate season held in the spring.

You can find more details on the school reopening plan, including a list of frequently asked questions, here.

Meals for Seniors

Last week, I was happy to help distribute drive-thru meals to about 75 seniors at the Grobschmidt Senior Center. Thanks so much to Senior Center Director Sandy Quinlan and her team of volunteers for delivering this vital service for the Milwaukee County Department on Aging every weekday during the pandemic — and into next spring at least. Ensuring our seniors have the meals they need during the pandemic is obviously important. But the best part about this is the social connection between the staff and those coming through the line. This may be the only connection some seniors see in a given day these days. It’s inspiring to see, and I’m so grateful we can do this. Signup details here …

Meals for Kids

From the school district … Starting September 1, South Milwaukee will once again offer meals for students. It is slightly different than the pickup procedure over the past few months. Details can be found in the graphic. I thank the school district for their continued commitment to this; it is so critical as we recognize that for some kids their only stable food source in a given day may be the meals they receive at school.

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