On a sunny spring day fit for such an occasion, hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and students assembled by La Causa Charter School to watch UPS officials give La Causa a $25,000 check. The money will be used to build a planned grassy athletic field that will serve the 600-plus students at La Causa Charter School, located on the corner of 2nd and Mitchell streets.
UPS volunteers also teamed up with dozens of La Causa Charter School students and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful to pick up garbage around the neighborhood in support of the Great American Cleanup.
David Ruiz, a UPS vice president who was just transferred to Florida to oversee UPS operations there, presented the $25,000 check to La Causa President and CEO George A. Torres at the ceremony. Afterward, Milwaukee Wave players Pablo and Marcelo Fontana signed soccer balls for students.
Chartered by MPS in 2003, La Causa Charter School is a K5-8th grade bilingual school serving 600- plus children in one of the most economically challenged areas of Milwaukee. This year class sizes were reduced to 15 pupils per classroom in the early grades thanks to a SAGE grant, while a $2.5 million school expansion created a science and robotics lab, as well as space for music and arts programs.
La Causa, Inc. is one of the most prominent bilingual, multicultural agencies in Milwaukee, serving more than 11,000 individuals every year. Core services include the Charter School, an Early Education and Childcare Center, a Family Resource Center, a Crisis Nursery and Respite Center, foster care recruitment, mental health services, parenting classes, support groups and a slew of other innovative programs for people in need.