A lively group of 2nd grade students from Underwood Elementary School braved the grey clouds and threat of rain, for some hands-on learning in The Village. The group, led by teacher Sue Norstrem, spent the morning touring The Village and various educational stations set up by participating partners.

A safety walk, led by Officer Semega and Reserve Officer Hutter, brought the kids throughout the Village to learn about (reinforce), key points for safely crossing streets as well as the importance of crossing the train tracks at designated pedestrian crossing areas. As an added bit of fun to this “station,” the students were provided coins, compliments of WaterStone Bank, with which to make a wish at the pedestrian bridge fountain.


Erin McCarthy & Barbara Spychalski led a discussion about financial literacy at WaterStone Bank. Students also had the opportunity to have a sneak peak at some of the bank’s inner workings.


Across the street, at the Chancery’s Parking Lot, students worked with Cathie, Rose and Dave from the UW-Extension Master Gardener Program to add a little color to the Village. Students found and identified various insects as they dug in the dirt, learned about gardening and planted flowers. We hope everyone will enjoy these mini gardens planted by the students!


Their field trip concluded with an educational river walk along the banks of the Menomonee River in Hart Park. Led by President of the Friends of Hart Park and river advocate, Rosemary Wehnes, the students learned about the importance of the river to Wauwatosa, various plants along its banks and how they can be river advocates! IMG_4275

Thank you to all the volunteers who made today fun, educational and possible!