Connecting Community to Classrooms Since 2005

“We adopt our highways, why don’t we adopt our schools?” It started with a simple question at lunch, and sparked an enduring, critical connection between community and classrooms.

For over 15 years, the partnerships born through this program have blossomed. The payoffs are immeasurable for both the adopted schools and their community partners who devote themselves to helping our students achieve academically and grow through personal enrichment.


“I have had the opportunity to participate in the pen pal program for the last 3 years.  It is a gift to write to our student, witness how they are growing in their education, enjoy the excitement of youth,  and learn about the things that motivate and interest them.  Though the pen pal program has needed to change in the last year, it still promotes much excitement within NeuGen and Nuestro Mundo.”   

                                                                -Kelli Outhouse, NeuGen

Students LOVE their jerseys!

A Capital High student provided the design, and their Adopt-a-School partner, Blackhawk Church Downtown donated the jerseys and warm-ups.

Adopt-a-School Partners Support Schools in Many Ways

In 2020, our partners were steadfast in their support of their partner schools providing over $800,000 in total investment through creative volunteering, financial gifts, and in-kind material donations.

“We at Forward Theater continued to provide professional mentorship to La Follette drama students, but all contact was online.”

“Door Creek Church began delivering a van load of food and toiletries to Mendota Elementary School’s Food Pantry on March 18, 2020 and we have continued to deliver a van load every three weeks.”

“Before the lockdown due to COVID, American Family completed our annual Sherman Middle School mock interviews and other developmental experiences for 8th grade students. We also donated tables, other furniture, and a piano.”

Current Partnerships
Allis Elementary School – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Anana Elementary School – Attic Angel Association, CUNA Mutual Group (Customer Operations Division), Blackhawk Church, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Exact Sciences, and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Badger Rock Middle School – CUNA Mutual Group, Fields Auto, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and The Vine Church EFCA
Black Hawk Middle School – Door Creek Church
Capital High School – Blackhawk Church Downtown and Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative 
Chávez Elementary School – Fitchburg Hy-Vee
Cherokee Middle School – Thermo Fisher Scientific and Westminster Presbyterian Church
Crestwood Elementary School – Asbury United Methodist Church
East High School – Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, and Summit Credit Union
Emerson Elementary School – Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison
Franklin Elementary School – M3 Insurance
Hamilton Middle School – CUNA Mutual Group (Actuarial Group)
Hawthorne Elementary School – DEMCO and First United Methodist Church
Huegel Elementary School – American Girl
Jefferson Middle School – Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary Club and Madison Church
Kennedy Elementary School – Messiah Lutheran Church, Crosspoint Church, and St. Paul A. M. E. Church
La Follette High School – Forward Theater and Summit Credit Union
Lake View Elementary School – UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center and American Family Insurance
Lapham Elementary School – Blackhawk Church Downtown and State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Leopold Elementary School – Associated Bank (Fish Hatchery Road Branch), Blackhawk Church – Fitchburg, the Church at Christ Memorial, City on a Hill, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Lincoln Elementary School – St. Mary’s Hospital, State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, and Doxa Church
Lindbergh Elementary School – Catholic Charities and TASC
Lowell Elementary School – Capitol City Lodge #2
Marquette Elementary School – State of Wisconsin Department of Administration Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Memorial High School – UnityPoint Health-Meriter, Capital City Theatre, and Summit Credit Union
Mendota Elementary School – Christ Presbyterian Church, Door Creek Church, and Seva Circle
Midvale Elementary School – Kiwanis Club of West Madison and WIDA World Class Instructional Design and Assessment
Muir Elementary School – CUNA Mutual Group and J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Nuestro Mundo Community School – NeuGen, LLC
O’Keeffe Middle School – UW-Madison “Introduction to Education” team
Orchard Ridge Elementary School – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Randall Elementary School – Wisconsin Athletics
Sandburg Elementary School – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Door Creek Church, US Bank, and Wisconsin Association of School Administrators 
Sennett Middle School – IFF and LocknCharge
Schenk Elementary School – Seeds of Peace
Sherman Middle School – American Family Insurance
Spring Harbor Middle School – Wisconsin Technical College System
Stephens Elementary School – Covenant Presbyterian Church and Wellspring United Methodist Church
Thoreau Elementary SchoolAmerican Printing Company, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dr. Virginia Henderson Elementary School (formerly Glendale Elementary School) WPS Health Solutions
West High School – BMO Harris Bank, Geneva Campus Church, and Summit Credit Union
Whitehorse Middle School – Downtown Optimists and WEA Member Benefits
Wright Middle School – Strand Associates, Inc. and Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Other: Transition Education Program (TEP) – Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority
Schools Seeking Additional Partners

Allis Elementary School

Black Hawk Middle School

Elvehjem Elementary School

Emerson Elementary School

Gompers Elementary School

La Follette High School

Lowell Elementary School

Muir Elementary School

O’Keeffe Middle School

Shabazz City High School

Shorewood Hills Elementary School

Toki Middle School

Van Hise Elementary School

Dr. Virginia Henderson Elementary School (formerly Glendale Elementary School)

West High School

Whitehorse Middle School


Adopt-a-School Partnership Stories

Nuestro Mundo Community School

James Madison Memorial High School

How does Adopt-a-School Work?

Partnership Examples

We have found that thanks to the commitment of partners, the motivation of staff, and the diversity of need, there are no limits to the opportunities to support Madison’s public schools through our Adopt-a-School program. Some examples include:

  • Mentorship and career exploration
  • Pen pal projects
  • Meeting basic needs through food and clothing drives

We are always interested in speaking with you about the potential ways your company or organization can get involved to enrich the lives of our future leaders.

What Do Schools Get?
    • Volunteers:  Mentors, tutors, pen pals, guest speakers, lunch buddies
    • Expertise:  Career exploration, job shadowing, internship opportunities
    • Resources:  Space for school staff meetings, material donations, and financial support
    What Do Adopting Partners Get?
    • Employee engagement through community involvement
    • Employee leadership development opportunity
    • Actively contribute to building thriving public schools
    • Help students graduate career, college and community ready 
    • Investment in your future employees, customers, and caregivers
    • Enhanced community image
    • Improved employee morale and sense of teamwork