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Thanks to donors like you, scholars in the Madison Metropolitan School District have received resources required to properly engage in virtual learning. The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools is sincerely grateful to everyone who contributed their time, talent, and treasure to quickly get school supplies in the hands of families. With the support of over 1,000 individual and 20 corporate donors, we have raised $220,000 to ensure students had the appropriate material to succeed in a virtual learning environment. Your gift purchased comprehensive school supply kits for students at every one of our 50 Madison public schools. Nearly 3,800 kits were assembled this semester with the help of dozens of volunteers.
The Madison school district estimates an additional 2,000–4,000 students would benefit from supply kits this school year, especially with an uncertain future amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Your ongoing gifts to the MMSD Community Resource Fund will help leverage the Foundation’s school supply program (Teachers PETS). The average cost of a supply kit is $50 and every donation contributes to the collective buying power of the Foundation and our partners. With your support, we will help deliver everything from pencils, notebooks, whiteboards, and headphones to those scholars most in need.
More about Teachers PETS
Our program to get school supplies in the hands of scholars with the greatest needs began as a pilot program for Midvale and Lincoln Elementary and Cherokee Heights Middle Schools in 2019. In order to make progress towards more equitable schools, we need to ensure all students have the tools and supplies they need to succeed. Teachers PETS (progress – equity – tools – supplies) helped teachers avoid out-of-pocket costs for supplies. Read more about the Teachers PETS program’s early success.
In order to meet urgent student needs, Teachers PETS has quickly expanded to serve MMSD at the district-wide level.
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The Foundation assesses a 10% equity fee on all restricted gifts. This allows us to support all 50 MMSD schools, regardless of ability to pay or existing culture of philanthropy.
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