We’re off to a tremendous start, but still need your support to help ensure all students have the supplies they need to properly engage in virtual learning.
Since late August, thanks to the diligent collaboration of many community organizations, and funding from generous donors, we have raised $220,000 to help deliver over 3,500 comprehensive school supply kits to students in need of resources during the virtual school year. 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.
Students at 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 this semester with the help of dozens of volunteers, including a team of supporters who stuffed bags at the Aliant Energy Center on September 10 and 11.
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. The Foundation will continue to use donations to meet ongoing needs over the 2020-2021 school year.
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!
High Demand Items for In-Kind Donations:
- 8×10 whiteboards
- Headphones with Microphone
- TI30X Calculators
- USB Thumb drives
- Charging Cords for Chromebooks
- Blue Light Filtering Glasses
- Art Supplies, including: watercolor paints, paint brushes, markers, colored pencils, learning coloring books (4k and k-2 level), clay and sketch pads
- Elementary and Middle School Flashcards
- Pencil Cases
If you’re interested in donating any of the above items, please fill out the gift in-kind donation form and contact us at [email protected].
Supply Kit Assembly Day
September 10th and 11th 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, 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.