Thank You to our Generous Donors & Volunteers
Since late August 2020, thanks to the diligent collaboration of many community organizations, and funding from generous donors, we have raised $220,000 to help deliver over 3,723 comprehensive school supply kits to students in need of resources during the virtual school year. Students across every one of our 50 Madison public schools, as well as a variety of other MMSD student programs, have benefited. Supply kits were safely assembled with the help of dozens of volunteers.
Again, we can’t thank our community enough for what has already been accomplished – an example of how even in the toughest of times, we can rally behind one of our community’s greatest assets — our public schools! The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools is sincerely grateful to everyone who has contributed their time, talent and treasure to quickly get school supplies in the hands of families.
We know the need for school supplies and classroom materials wasn’t unique to COVID. In 2018, as we were developing this new program, our research revealed district teachers spent an average of $500 of their own monies to fund student and classroom needs – that’s $1.4M across the entire district. Data shows access to school supplies is critical to ensuring every student has opportunities to learn.
The Foundation has prioritized addressing this equity gap into the 2021-22 school year and beyond. We have developed an online store, working with local business EZ Office Products of Madison, allowing schools to efficiently shop for what they need, when they need it.
Please give generously to this program. Your support puts supplies into students’ hands and helps our invaluable teachers do their best work.
2020-21 School Year Support
Over the course of the 2020-21 school year, we partnered with the district to meet emerging health and wellness needs and continue outreach to students who chose to remain in virtual learning environments through the end of the school year.
Student Engagement Kits
Health & Wellness Kits
September 10-11, 2020
Supply Kit Assembly Day at the Alliant Energy Center
Special thanks to the following major contributing partners and donors for making this emergency effort possible:
Alliant Energy Center, Attic Angel Prairie Point, the Evjue Foundation, EZ Office Products, the Madison Metropolitan School District, the Roots & Wings Foundation, Promega Corporation, Karen and Craig Christianson, Pat Schiro, Thrivent, United Way of Dane County, and the Wisconsin State Journal.
We also thank collaborating partners for which this initiative would not be possible: American Family Insurance, Costco, Godfrey & Kahn, the Lions Club, Madison Teachers, Inc., the City of Madison, Madison Needs Network, Madison Public Library, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), Summit Credit Union, and many retired teacher volunteers.