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"Make A Difference": Milwaukee SCORES | Wrap Up

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Last Thursday, I spent the late afternoon with Milwaukee SCORES at Windlake Elementary School, conducting our three volunteer interviews, hanging out with the kids, and getting a chance to see how it all operates. As I was biking away, the pieces already started coming together in my head.

Milwaukee SOCRES is the kind of organization that is simple to state, but difficult to understand. Creative writing coupled with soccer is simple, but the way in which they fit together far surpassed my expectations. The pieces needed to be heavy on interaction, heavy on the voices of the kids, and somehow representative of their contagious exuberance and relationships. 

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In this first piece of out take audio, Claudia talks about perhaps the most unique part of SCORES. Having been heavily involved in academic and sports extracurricular activities, I have a reasonable understanding of what one can take away from both sides -- however, I was never lucky enough to blend the two. When the two are combined, as SCORES can attest, the kids are able to develop deep and unique trust with each other. Workshopping poems with your soccer team? Scoring a goal and celebrating with your writing colleagues? Either way you look at it, it's pretty awesome.


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In this extra, David explains his first face-to-face interaction with the Milwaukee SCORES kids. As I experienced, watching them read their poetry is a quite affecting experience, as the poems range from the silly to the expressive.


In these final two pieces of audio, we hear some of the kids Andy was helping read poems for us. When we first entered the classroom, the girls were all very shy and none even seemed to want to look at us (understandable, as they'd never seen me before and I had a microphone). However, as they became a little more comfortable (within 30 seconds of us introducing ourselves), they were all raising their hands and wriggling in their seats, hoping they could read one of their poems for us. As David said above, they ranged from the silly (the first one) to the expressive (the second).


My corn stew has an old pimple that tastes like a meatball...


Inside of me, I hear music playing...


For more information on Milwaukee SCORES, visit their website. Also, if you're interested in getting involved with Milwaukee SCORES, contact them for more information on volunteering.

Produced by: Adam Carr