John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Friday, February 29, 2008, in the morning, Clement Ave. School celebrated "Read Across America" with First Lady Jessica Doyle being one of the participants in the reading of Dr. Suess's books. This program had gusts reading stories from Dr. Suess both in the auditorium and later on in the classrooms. Here is a list of the guest speakers:
First Lady--Jessica Doyle WEAC President--Mary Bell WEAC Vice-President--Guy Costello
WEAC Secretary-Treasurer--Betsy Kippers WEAC Executive Director--Dan Burkhalter State PTA President--Penny Larson
State PTA President-Elect--Roxanne Starks MTEA President--Dennis Oulahan Milwaukee Admirals President--Jon Greenberg
Northwestern Mutual Community Relations Consultant--Thomas Rosenthal Community Activist--Penny Manke
1st District Board Member--Mr. Tim Petersons 8th District Board Member-- Mt. Terrance Falk
WEAC Media Specialist--Anne Eagan--Waukau
In the early morning, the school had Meet and Greet Continental Breakfast and/or tour of school. Ms. Swick then introduced the special guest attending this program. The school students then welcomed the guests. A special Read Aloud session of Dr. Suess stories was done by:
Mr. Jon Greenberg & Mr. Thomas Rosenthal First Lady--Mrs. Jessica Doyle Ms. Mary Bell
This was followed by classroom visits and a special reader in each classroom of Dr. Suess material. Ten classrooms were combined for this purpose. Each class had their own story reader and got to ask questions during the reading. My wife, Penny Manke and I got to go to Room 8 with Mrs. Rodman. Her class plus another 4th grade class got to sit in on the reading. The children were very attentive at the reading. After the reading of Dr. Suess, I asked the students if they knew what it was like to have attended school over one hundred years ago. We had a short local history session with questions and answers and left to get some cake and coffee. Today is a good example of your public schools in action. Here were students willing to listen and to learn their lessons well. I would like to thank the staff and students for inviting us to attend this program. You have a very good school here. Several years ago, our son Mark attended this same school. It was like old times being in the building, but ten new classrooms were added since we were last there. Now if only the state could pay for some of its mandated programs to ease the burden on our public schools and on our property taxes.