Your donations are working:
Thanks to YOU, we have already raised $200,000 in support of school supply effort! We expended the first $100,000 to order, pack and deliver a first round of 2,500 kits to MMSD elementary and middle school scholars. We are now determining how to fulfill a second round of requests from MMSD. Securing a minimum of another $50,000 in contributions would allow us to meet the immediate need for school supplies during the initial few weeks of the 2020-21 school year. We anticipate the need to continue throughout the year. Please continue to check this page for updates and more information.
Thanks to the diligent collaboration of many community organizations and funding from generous donors, we have delivered 2,500 school supply kits to elementary and middle school scholars. On September 10th and 11th, dozens of volunteers came together at the Alliant Energy Center to assemble the kits. School principals and social workers are currently distributing supplies to the appropriate families.
Your gift 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.
*Donors to the supply drive will be recognized in future issues of the Wisconsin State Journal, a major supporter of this effort. Please let us know if you do not want your name published – donation amounts are not included in the listing.
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.