Students Give Back!

South Milwaukee students are involved in many different charity events, sponsoring fundraisers, collecting items for less fortunate individuals and many other positive community events.  This page will feature a few of the many positive ways that South Milwaukee Students Give Back!

Since the 2011-2012 school year through November 2015, students and staff members at the four elementary schools, middle school and high school raised over $80,300 for charitable organizations, collected thousands of food items, donated clothing, gave gifts of life though blood drives, as well as provided many hours of service.  Congratulations!

2015-2016 School Year:

7th Grade Scarves for the Homeless

A wonderful group of 7th graders worked after school for several evenings with 7th grade teacher Ms. Bosetti to make 70 beautiful scarves to donate to local organizations helping the homeless. Thank you students and Ms. Bosetti!



Veterans' Day 2015

High School students make Veterans' Day in South Milwaukee something special. Veterans and active service personnel are invited to attend our annual assembly where they are honored and receive a small gift from our students. This year the gifts included a pen made by our technology & engineering students, a card from an elementary student, and a Veterans' Day 2015 tshirt (donated by faculty members).

The middle and elementary schools held other events. One elementary school took the opportunity to learn more about military life by searching Google Map and Google Earth to find where one student's dad is currently on active duty - then used Google Hangouts to chat with him! The class followed up with letters to send to the dad.

High school students had the opportunity to visit the new USS Milwaukee just prior to the formal commissioning ceremony in Milwaukee. Students and other community members also attended the ceremony a few days later.

Students and staff across the district also raised funds for a cause - this year the students chose to support the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. Over $4300 was donated to the organization at the assembly. This raises the support for veterans to over $15,000 over the last few years.

E.W. Luther 5th Grade

E.W. Luther Elementary 5th grade students attend camp at Upham Woods each year. For several years the students have provided service to the camp while they are there, working to make the camp more accessible. This year they worked on walkways. Thank you students!

Haunted Hallway 2015

High School National Honor Society students create an annual "Haunted Hallway" for our younger children in South Milwaukee. Parents can choose the "not so scary" hallway for toddlers, or a little more "boo-like" for the older students. Lots of fun games, events and face painting for them as well. Thank you to our NHS students and advisors for hosting this community event!

Pink Day 2015

South Milwaukee's Pink Day 2015 was another success! The South Milwaukee Police Department leads the way with support for Justice for a Cure, an organization that provides assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer and for breast cancer research.

SM advanced marketing students designed this year's tshirts, which were worn by students, staff, city personnel and SM community members. Through the sale of the tshirts and other fundraisers, $5,669 was raised for Justice for a Cure. Thank you to the entire community of South Milwaukee for your continuing support!

Earlier in the school year, the South Milwaukee and Cudahy girls volleyball teams participated in a pink out to support breast cancer awareness. Thank you coaches and student athletes!

Football Players Help Our Community

South Milwaukee football players in grades 6-12 raked 20 lawns one Sunday in October to help members in our community. Football players also regularly provide service to South Milwaukee by assisting at Heritage Days, Lions Fest and other events. Thank you to our involved coaching staff and players!

Blakewood Walk for a Cure

Blakewood Elementary Students raised funds for JDRF through a Walk for a Cure. They also participated in an assembly to learn more about juvenile diabetes. Congratulations for raising $1200 for JDRF to help eliminate type I diabetes. Way to go!

Freshmen Tailgate Party

The South Milwaukee Link Crew held its 10th Annual Freshmen Tailgate Party on September 18, 2015.  Over 150 freshmen tailgated and had fun playing games and listening to music.  The event is sponsored by Link Crew but many other organizations are involved.  District food vendors donate all of the food and our South Milwaukee Lions Club cooks and serves the food. A big THANK YOU to those that made the day possible. 

2014-15 School Year:

6th Grade Walk

The 6th grade students went on their annual walk this June and raised $800 for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Paxton Andrews Foundation. Nice job 6th grade!

High School Students

High School students raised $770 to support continued research for cystic fibrosis research! Thank you to everyone who contributed to (and bought from!) the bake sale and the penny wars!

South Milwaukee Rocket Bomb Pops 2015

Burrrrrr! On Saturday, February 21, 2015, twenty-three brave students and staff members (and one parent!) participated in the Polar Plunge at the Milwaukee County Zoo. They raised $2,961 for the Special Olympics. Our own South Milwaukee Special Olympics team gets 25% of our raised amount. Thank you to our students, families and staff who helped support the Bomb Pops and to those who participated in the Polar Plunge!

American Heart Association RED OUT 2015

Our high school celebrated RED OUT day on Friday, February 6, 2015. The culiminating activity was a great night of girls basketball, with a huge crowd!

The high school students raised almost $1,000 through tshirt sales and paper heart sales. We also promoted wellness to prevent heart disease and encouraged everyone to learn CPR to save a life. The middle school showed lots of heart by raising $990 and Rawson students raised $877. Blakewood raised $3000 and Luther raised $295. Great job everyone!!

Blood Drives 2014-2015

Many of our high school students organize and participate in blood drives throughout the school year. Our students who qualify and staff members donate blood on a regular basis for the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. We even had a successful blood drive on one of the coldest days of the year, prompting a letter from the BloodCenter to the high school:

“Words of thank you are not enough for what you and the students at South Milwaukee High School accomplished yesterday. While many of the school systems were shut down we had eight-two students and staff members eager to help out and will be able to send seventy- four gifts of life to the area hospitals. Over the past few days because of the weather there has been quite a few cancellations of blood drives and has dynamically affected BloodCenter’s ability to service the needs of the hospitals. Your blood drive yesterday was amazing and really means a lot. While you were worried about the participation there are 242 patients that can’t thank you enough in making the drive happen during a very difficult time. You and the students at South Milwaukee High School are our heroes!”

Stuff the Bus Food Drive 2014

All of the schools in the district participated in a "Stuff the Bus" food drive in November. The results were astounding! Lamers Bus service donated a full size bus to go from school to school to pick up the donated food items. The bus was quite literallly stuffed! All of the donations were given to Human Concerns in South Milwaukee. The high school alone donated over 4000 food items, which resulted in HS Principal Kaminski being taped to the wall after school one day. THANK YOU to our students, families and staff who helped with this great achievement!

Veterans' Day 2014

The High School Veterans' Day Assembly this year was another success! Many veterans were present and honored by the students. The students raised over $3400 by fundraising in neighborhoods and at the Milwaukee Veterans Day parade, as well as collections at school and during a Miracle Minute at the assembly. 

The donations are going to Fisher House, Stars & Stripes Honor Flight and Dryhootch.

Raking Leaves

Many of our youth, freshmen, JV and Varsity football players picked up rakes and volunteered to rake yards for SM residents who needed assistance. The boys, coaches and parent volunteers spent a windy weekend day raking and bagging leaves. Another example of the willingness of our community to work together to help each other!

Pink Day 2014

Our 5th Annual Pink Day was celebrated in October 2014. We again raised funds for Justice for the Cure, which also donates to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The community raised almost $6500 to help with the fight against breast cancer. Our students participated in assemblies, sold tshirts, had penny wars and supported the cause. Thank you!


2013-14 School Year:

Rawson Character Education and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk 2014

Rawson Elementary students and families collected donations of over $3,300 during their All School Walk in May. The funds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Thank you!

National Honor Society

High School National Honor Society students slept outside for a night to raise awareness for the homeless. They also raised over $2500 as well as a van full of clothing and toiletries for Repaiers of the Breach. Great effort by our juniors and seniors!

Toys for Tots 2013

The High School woodworking students made toys for hte Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in fall 2013. The students designed a wonderful tic-tac-toe wood game and made approximately 30 games to donate. Other students joined in by donating toys to the cause. Great work!

Veterans' Day 2013

The High School Veterans' Day Assembly this year was a great success! The students truly honored the veterans present at the assembly and the two vets from VeteransTrek who talked with the entire student body via Skype. Approximately 50 veterans were in attendance.

High school students raised money for Dryhootch Milwaukee, an organization devoted to helping veterans and their families when they return from war.  The students raised money at school through ASPIRE class donations and through passing the buckets at lunches (about $700); they also went into the community and raised nearly $1000 just by going door to door and asking local businesses to place buckets at their locales; additionally, they raised some money through elementary and middle school donations.  When they did the Miracle Minute at the assembly, they raised an additional $700 or so, making the total come to approximately $2400. 

Thank you to our students and staff who do so much for Veterans and for a different Veterans group each year (learn more about VeteransTrek at, but most of all, thank you to all Veterans for your service to our country!

5th Graders Build at Camp

Groups from three Wisconsin elementary schools (including our very own E.W. Luther and Rawson Elementary Schools) are building wheelchair accessible features at the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells. Run by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and in existence since 1941, the center provides environmental and leadership education and summer camps to more than 9,000 youth, youth leaders, and adults every year.

Participants who use mobility devices will now have increased access to the Wisconsin River and important camp activities, thanks to fifth-graders from County Line Elementary in the Germantown School District, Rawson and E. W. Luther elementary schools in the South Milwaukee School District.

The classes are constructing a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, water ecology stations, and fishing docks. Thanks for our 5th graders who spend their time at 5th grade camp helping the Learner Center!

Pink Day 2013

Our students, district, city and community came through again! This was our 4th Annual Pink Day where we all partner to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation through Justice for the Cure. This year the district raised just shy of $10,000! The funds go to the foundation in support of breast cancer awareness and assistance. The advanced marketing students again designed the tshirts, decorated the rock, organized the assembly, and sold thousands of shirts. Thanks also to the MS students who helped this year!

A Catch for Jordan

Jordan is an amazing current 8th grade student fighting leukemia. His 8th grade football teammates decided to do something to let Jordan know they supported him.  What started as an idea to have the team all wear the same orange t shirt and take a picture turned into something so much bigger! At the October 4, 2013, football game, the normal red and white stands were a sea of orange as middle school students, high school students, parents and community members showed support for Jordan. Between the tshirt sales, bracelet sales and a miracle minute during the game, the students raised approximately $3,000 for the family to help offset medical costs.  We're cheering for you Jordan!

Jordan and the 8th grade football team before the game

Coats for Kids

During October 2013, the sophomore class collected gently used coats, scarves, mittens and other cold-weather gear to give to the Fox News 6 Coats for Kids drive. Thank you for your generosity!

High School Blood Drive

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, South Milwaukee HS hosted a Blood Drive for the Blood Centers of Wisconsin. Due to the extreme cold, many area blood drives were cancelled last week causing an even larger than usual shortage. This made our blood drive even more important than it usually is for our local hospitals.

The SM Way was clearly in effect though on Thursday as 119 students and staff donated blood. That's an estimated 315 patients whose lives were potentially saved with their generosity. Thanks to all who donated and a special thanks to Mary Kokan and her HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students for running yet another great and much-needed blood drive!

2012-13 School Year:


2013 Senior Class

The senior class of 2013 presented the senior class gift at the graduation ceremony on June 7, 2013.  In addition to the gift of well-needed media screens for the Sullivan Fieldhouse and the commons, the class raised $2,000 to donate to the victims of the Oklahoma tornados.  Thank you for your generosity!  We know that you will continue to make a difference and positively represent South Milwaukee as you go into the world!

Rawson Walk for the Cure (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Rawson students were visited by a representative from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and learned about how Type I and Type II diabetes affect children and how it can be treated.  Three students then shared how they persevere through the daily checks of their blood sugar, how they eat a healthy diet and live active lives.  They led the Rawson Walk for the Cure through the neighborhood.  During the two week donation collection window, students raised over $2,700 for the Foundation.  Way to go!

Blakewood Stuffed Animal Drive

When St. Luke's South Shore emergency department came calling, Blakewood Elementary School students answered.  The ER gives away stuffed animals to children who arrive in the emergency room, giving them a positive feeling in what can be a traumatic experience.  When asked, Blakewood students brought in many new stuffed animals for donation.  Thanks Blakewood!

Polar Plunge 2013

High School students raised money for the Special Olympics by agreeing to jump into icy cold Lake Michigan this winter! Calling themselves the "Bomb Pops" brave students and staff members put on their red SM shirts and plunged into the lake.  Congratulations to our students and staff for helping the Special Olympics!

Be Like Mike and Pennies for Patients 2013

South Milwaukee students throughout the district collected coins and donned "Be Like Mike" white and orange Tshirts to raise money to help fight childhood leukemia.  The "Be Like Mike" phrase is in honor of a current middle school student, Mike, who is currently defeating cancer for the third time in his life.  His positive attitude inspires us all!

Red Out 2012-13

South Milwaukee students at the high school and middle school participated in the National Red Out today to bring awareness to women's heart health through the American Heart Association.  Both schools held very successful fundraisers and held special assemblies, raising over $3,000 in donations.

Empty Bowls 2013

The premise of Empty Bowls is profoundly simple and has been repeated thousands of times by groups of people all over the world. A few people get together and create bowls. Guests are invited to receive a simple meal of soup, served in one of the handmade bowls, with bread and dessert. In return, guests take home the bowl they have eaten their soup from, as a reminder of continuing hunger in the world, and that they are part of a caring community doing something about it.

Winter 2013 marked the 16th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner hosted by South Milwaukee High School Family and Consumer Education students and staff members.  The high school art department and students take the lead in creating the wonderful bowls that patrons use and take home that evening.  All proceeds go to local food pantries.  Look for the 2014 event and spend an evening enjoying some absolutely wonderful soup and bread while giving back to our community.

Lakeview Food Drive 2012-13

Lakeview Elementary Students held a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army.  Great job students!

Veterans' Day 2012

High School Students raised almost $2700 for the Fisher House in Milwaukee, a home for the families of veterans to stay while the veteran receives medical care at the Milwaukee VA hospital.  Please see for more information.

The students honored local veterans, who were present at the school-wide assembly, as well as honored veterans and current service members who have ties to South Milwaukee.  Additionally, the Air Force Band Starlifter was present and played at the assembly.

Congratulations to our entire high school for showing such respect and honor to all the veterans!

Luther Scares Away Hunger 2012

EW Luther Elementary Students hosted a "We Scare Hunger" event this fall to collect food a local food pantry.  Thank you EW Luther students and staff!

Rawson Students Collect Food Items 2012-13

The Rawson Annual Gift of Giving food drive was organized by Rawson's student council. Students collected and boxed all donated items over 7 days.  There were over 800 non-perishable food items collected and donated to South Milwaukee's Human Concerns. Great job Rawson!

MS Art Club Creates Character Education Murals

Ms. Laski's Middle School Art Clubbers are designing a new mural for the entrance of the Middle School.   They are basing their design on the five character traits of the SM Way: Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, Kindness and Responsibility.   We are just at the beginning stages of the design.  5 groups have each designed a potential version of the mural.  The Art Clubbers, Mr. Hendrickson and Mr. Wightman will then evaluate the mural designs to pick out the best parts of each.    Then the whole group will combine the best of each into a final SM way comprehensive mural design.   This will be the largest Middle School Mural to date and will take two years of hard working students to complete.   Look forward to updates!!  Thank you Parent Advisory Council for funding the MS Art Club!!


Honor Flight 2012

High School students welcomed home Honor Flight World War II veterans on Saturday, November 3.  Thank you to the veterans for service to our country!

Pink Day 2012

October 16, 2012, was Pink Day in South Milwaukee.  The students in our schools raised over $10,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of breast cancer awareness and research! A big thank you to high school teacher David Fix and the advanced marketing students for designing, marketing and distributing the 2012 Pink Day shirts throughout the city.  Another big thank you to high school teacher Marty Johnson and the DECA students for starting the 1st Annual Chicken Dinner fundraiser for the cause.  Our elementary schools also held penny drives, bringing in approximately $1,000! Way to go South Milwaukee!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2012

The South Milwaukee Pom Pon Team Members were at the Komen Race for the Cure on September 23, cheering on the thousands of race participants.  Joining them in supporting the Race for the Cure were numerous students, parents and staff members! Thanks South Milwaukee!

Fall 2012 Blood Drive

High School students organized a blood drive with the American Red Cross in September 2012.  Students over 16 and staff members were encouraged to participate.  The students will organize several more blood drives throughout the school year.  Thank you to our student organization HOSA and high school teacher Mrs. Koken, and of course to all the students and staff who gave blood!

2011-12 School Year:

Winter Drives 2011-12

Several schools are holding winter drives for various causes.  The Rawson Elementary School Leadership Group is collecting new hats and socks from December 1st - December 22nd -- feel free to drop off any of your new extras at Rawson.  Blakewood students are collecting new toys to donate to Toys for Tots.  Please drop off new toys at Blakewood to be included in this good cause!

Fall Food and Holiday Drives 2011

Different schools held food drives this fall to help support local food banks such as Human Concerns. Blakewood, Luther and Rawson participated in food drives.  Lakeview alone collected over 1,000 items for the Salvation Army!  The middle school houses adopted families through Human Concerns to buy toys, clothing and food for area families in need.  Groups of staff members also adopt families through Human Concerns.  Thank you to our generous staff, students and families!

Veterans' Day 2011

High School students raised money to support the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight program.  The program flies WWII veterans to Washington DC for the day to see the war memorials and Arlington Park.  The students raised over $2,700.  An assembly was held on November 11 to honor our veterans and was attended by students, staff and area veterans.

Toys For Tots

In November 2011 South Milwaukee High School participated in a challenge by FM 106 to see which high school could collect the most donations for Toys for Tots.  The winner would receive a concert with Scotty McCreery, a recent American Idol winner.  Unfortunately the high school did not win but we were part of collecting over 9700 toys to donate to the Toys for Tots charity!

Hats On Day

On October 26 students particpated in Hats On Day.  Hats On Day was created by a group of students to support their friend with childhood cancer. For $1, a student gets to wear a hat to school for the day.  All funds raised go to the Foundation for Children with Cancer.  All six schools participated in the fundraiser, resulting in over $1,400 in donations to the foundation!

Go Pink Day 2011

South Milwaukee students went pink on October 11 to raise breast cancer awareness.  In the process they helped the community raise over $7100 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Big thanks to the high school advanced marketing students for helping design, sell and distribute over 1,000 Go Pink t-shirts!

Blood Drive

South Milwaukee high school students participate in several blood drives every year.  The student organization HOSA sponsors the blood drive which takes place at our high school.  Students over 18 and staff members are encouraged to give blood during the day.  This is a great way to give back to the greater community!