"They say it takes a village to raise a child. Milwaukee, it is going to take this entire city. There are heroic efforts made every day by so many moms, dads and grandparents out there. For many families, living in the poverty and hopelessness that exists in too many parts of our city, navigating day-to-day life is a challenge most of us could never imagine. They sometimes fall short in being active in their child's education – not for lack of caring – but because they have to focus on where they'll be sleeping that night or what they'll be eating that day. We are at a critical juncture. Children without hope cannot excel. We must seize the moment as a call to action for our children."
— Gregory Thornton, superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools