Introducing a brand new way to support Madison’s schools

Our community believes in the promise of our public schools. What if we made it even easier to help make that promise a reality? 

Thank you, Evjue Foundation!

The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools thanks the Evjue Foundation, for its generous support of Teachers PETS and for making the program pilot possible. To learn more about the Evjue Foundation and their enduring support of our mission, Click Here

What is Teachers PETS?

The Teachers PETs Program will streamline the delivery of critical supplies to teachers and classrooms in need.
The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools will further invest in the success of Madison public schools by developing, launching, and sustaining a teacher supply and support center that provides materials and resources for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) K – 12 public school teachers. We are tentatively calling this program Teachers PETS – Progress, Equity, Tools, and Supplies.

Project Mission

Our Mission: To support every Madison public school teacher by ensuring equal access to learning tools and supplies
in order to promote student excellence in the pursuit of academic success and college readiness.

 This program, initiated and co-designed with Madison-area educator input, aligns with the district’s strategic framework and goals of student equity, teacher efficacy, and school success. The program will focus on assisting teachers in meeting critical needs gaps in student supplies and personal needs while meeting educators’ calls for teaching tools, equipment, and professional enrichment.

Get Involved Now!

Are you a teacher in need?

How will we pilot Teachers PETS?

Starting in December 2019, the program will begin as a pilot, linking with Cherokee Heights Middle School, and Lincoln and Midvale Elementary Schools within the MMSD system. We will begin by targeting high need/low resourced schools by working with District leaders, principals and teachers. We will also factor the percentage of new educators into our selection criteria.

Our pilot will feature online shopping only with free school delivery. Teachers log on, shop at their convenience, and request delivery.

During the pilot phase, we will focus on stocking the store with teachers’ priorities, focusing on school supply and classroom staples. The pilot will rely on donated stock and generous donations from area businesses and individuals.

How does this work for teachers?

Coming soon: Recruitment for Teacher Participants for our pilot program. Please stay tuned for details.

Pilot program will work with Cherokee Heights Middle School and Lincoln and Midvale Elementary Schools.

Pilot Program Teachers - Start Here

To browse online pilot store (in Browse Only mode):

1) Click here to enter EZ Office online store

2) Login using

Username: fmps

Password: champions

3) Find our inventory selecting Office Supplies, Technology or Facility & Breakroom from the green navigation bar.

4) Browse supplies, pricing and details. (Note: Currently store is “Browse Only” – no purchase or orders are being accepted yet)

5) Share your feedback thus far via this survey

Click here for a full tutorial on accessing online store.

What are future plans for this progam?

Once the program is fully resourced and the Foundation has secured a space, we will be open and serving all Madison educators 11 months out of the year from July through May.

Program Stages

Share your questions and feedback!

To ask a question, provide feedback about this program or to request a product in our online store, please


A member of our staff will review and respond to you as quickly as possible. Thank you!

How can the community help?

How do I support the program?

To give a gift now in support of this program:

Please note:
In your gift “Notes” field, indicate that gift is for Teachers’ PETS.

To discuss sponsorship and partnership opportunities,
please contact us:

Melinda Heinritz, Executive Director,
Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools
(608) 237-7722;
or via email.
Thank you!

Who are our partners?

The Foundation is grateful to the following local partners for their critical support – time, expertise, advice, and/or resources – of Teachers PETS:

  • American Family Insurance
  • Demco
  • Destination Madison
  • Downtown Madison, Inc.
  • EZ Office Products
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Madison Reading Project
  • Madison Teachers, Inc.
  • TASC
  • Vogel Brothers Building Company

Teacher supply programs exist in many places across the U.S. We also thank these organizations for providing referrals, answering our questions and providing best practices:

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Kids in Need Foundation, Dayton, Ohio and Roseville, Minnesota
  • National School Foundation Association
  • Teacher EXCHANGE, A Green Initiative of the Public Education Foundation, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Teaching Tools Store, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Tampa, Florida
Why should I support Teachers PETS?

Simply put:
Well-Supplied Teachers  = Scholars Who Thrive

Research shows these benefits to ensuring educators are well-resourced:

Student Impact

  • 95% reported being better prepared for class
  • 86% felt ready to participate in class
  • 75% reported higher self-esteem
  • 75% reported an increased interest in learning

Teacher Impact

  • 79% felt they had the resources to create a more equitable learning environment
  • 74% reported that they could focus on teaching and other areas of need rather than worrying about supplies
  • 71% reported that they could increase the variety and scope of projects offered to students

Source: The Kids in Need Foundation, an organization dedicated to ensuring every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

We need more supplies to create opportunities for kids to see, feel, and experience…that’s how kids really learn.    –MMSD Educator

Why Do We Need a Teacher Supply Program for Madison Public Schools?


Madison teachers are spending up $1,000 per year or 2% of their take-home pay on tools and supplies for their kids. Why?

  • 13,500 students in the district rely on free or reduced lunch (50%)
  • 450 classrooms across the district experience significant supply gaps throughout the year (average 30 kids per classroom)
  • MMSD teachers spend an estimated $1.4 million annually to meet student supply gaps (2,760 teachers averaging $500 out-of-pocket) to provide basic curriculum and instruction

From surveying and interviewing MMSD teachers, we have identified four areas of classroom need:



When teachers have the tools and supplies they need…

Teachers become more effective in their jobs

They create more learning opportunities for their students

Classrooms achieve equity by ensuring all students have what they need to hit the ground running

Learning is prioritized and enhanced

Students excel

Teachers are more satisfied in their jobs and fulfilled by their efforts


Through our pilot phase and over time, we will continue to work with MMSD educators, MMSD’s research team and the community to describe and measure the outcomes produced by Teachers PETS. Our preliminary desired outcomes include:

  • Reduce teacher out-of-pocket expenses by 75%
  • Reduce and/or complement MMSD spending on supplies: TBD
  • Increase student self-esteem and engagement by 50%
  • Increase teacher sense of efficacy and satisfaction by 50%


Throughout its history, the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools has awarded grants to Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) classroom projects.  In past years, the Foundation distributed approximately $90,000 to 8-12 different projects through a competitive grants program called Foundation for the Future.  In the context of our 2018-2021 strategic plan, our Grants Committee reconsidered our approach, which benefited only a handful of MMSD’s 2,700 teachers and 5,500 total staff.

Key Steps

In November 2017, the Grants Committee formally presented recommendations to the Foundation board for approval.  Among those recommendations, the committee recommended exploration of a teacher supply program, leading staff to undertake the following:

  • Surveyed teachers about interest through Madison Teachers, Inc. (MTI). 90% or more of respondents expressed interest in an FMPS managed program.
  • Reached out to other programs in the United States to learn about challenges, pain points and best practices.
  • Talked informally with potential partners in the community such as EZ Office Supplies, which could provide logistical – pick-up and delivery – services to the teacher supply program, and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, which could help promote the program to members.
  • Completed a business plan with Synergy Consulting over the winter of 2018-2019 to inform our decision to continue the project.
  • Hired a project consultant, a Teacher Program Manager, to take the business plan into a pilot phase during the winter of 2019-2020.

Based on these activities, we believe that the Foundation could benefit both MMSD and the Madison community to launching a teacher supply program.