WAUKESHA, WIS.— The Townsend Foundation of Mequon, Wis., has provided Carroll University a $3,000 grant in support of the University BRIDGES program. This partnership, established in 2009, is between Carroll and the Racine Partnership Consortium, which includes the Racine Police Department, Community Policing, the Racine Unified School District, Next Generation Now, United Way of Racine County, the Racine Teachers Association and other community organizations. BRIDGES is a pre-college program for economically disadvantaged elementary and middle school students.
The program was designed for 50 children, in third to eighth grade, who periodically travel to Waukesha to be mentored by Carroll education students through 12th grade. The Townsend Foundation grant supports transportation to Carroll from Racine and supplies for tutoring and skill enrichment.
“Carroll University is very appreciative of the Townsend Foundation’s support of the University BRIDGES program and the opportunities it provides for both Racine students and Carroll education students,” said Charles Byler, dean of Carroll’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Through school, home and community activities, the young students gain exposure to higher learning and become familiar with the benefits of attaining a college degree. They also participate in mentoring, tutoring and enrichment activities to strengthen their skills in preparation for college and life.
“I would like each of these kids to graduate high school and have choices,” said Wilma Robinson, project director and chair of Carroll’s education department. “We have resources they need, and we are excited to share what we have to offer.”
The Townsend Foundation was founded by Kenneth and Barbara Semmann, dedicated teachers passionate about educating young people. The foundation supports modest-sized projects and activities related to education, environment, religion, music and medicine. Its focus is on enabling individuals, through their not-for-profit organizations, to engage in activities otherwise not monetarily possible.
Carroll University, Wisconsin's oldest four-year institution of higher learning, is an independent, co-educational comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Incorporated in 1846, it offers bachelor's degrees in 48 majors and master's degrees in business administration, education, physician assistant studies and software engineering, as well as a clinical doctorate in physical therapy.