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Help Support Parents and Kids for Back to School

School Supply Fund Fundraiser

Help Kids Get School Supplies

The past few months have shown the essential role public schools play in our community while shining a light on existing disparities.

As the Madison Metropolitan School District prepares to start the 2020-2021 school year, an urgent need for individual sets of school supplies has emerged. Students need their own sets of supplies at home in order to properly engage in virtual learning. The need will continue once a return to in-person learning in our school buildings becomes possible. In order to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, the sharing of classroom supplies will no longer be an option, necessitating a supply kit for each student.   
In response to this URGENT need, the Foundation for Madison Public Schools has partnered with the community to purchase, package, and distribute up to 5,000 individual supply kits to MMSD's most vulnerable students so they can begin the 2020/2021 school year on the strongest footing possible.

An initial round of 2,500 kits will be purchased and assembled and at least another 2,500 will be secured with additional funds from the community. Your gifts will help deliver everything from pencils, notebooks and headphones, to those scholars most in need.

All donations for school supplies are being processed through the MMSD Community Resource Fund. This effort is made possible thanks to 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 their partners. Visit the school supply page for regular updates. If you're interested in helping assemble kits, please email here.

Sponsors for the Child Care Scholarship Fund

Madison Metropolitan School District, City of Madison and United Way of Dane County announce establishment of Child Care Scholarship Fund​​​​​​​

"As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic -- having access to adequate, affordable and safe child care is a significant challenge many of our families face each day. As a community, we are all in this together, and meaningful initiatives like the Child Care Scholarship Fund can truly make a difference in providing an essential service to our neighbors who need it the most.”
- MMSD Superintendent, Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins

Virtual instruction for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) this fall means many families have to make alternate arrangements for the care of their elementary-aged students, balancing work and child care. This need, and the costs associated with it, most acutely affects low-income students and those whose parents may be working to balance online learning and child care with work.

Though the City of Madison and MMSD have both committed significant funds to help families with these costs, those commitments will not be enough to cover the anticipated expenses of low-income families in Madison.

To answer that need, MMSD, The City of Madison and United Way of Dane County have come together to announce the establishment of the Child Care Scholarship Fund at United Way of Dane County to provide business and philanthropic community members a place to donate funds for this purpose. Funds will be distributed directly to non-profit organizations, neighborhood centers or child care centers providing child care for low-income elementary school-aged children and virtual learning support to MMSD students.

“While the contribution that MMSD has made to offset the cost for many low-income families is impressive, we know that it only gets us part of the way toward providing adequate slots for learning for our youngest elementary students. We are calling on the generosity of our business and philanthropic partners to help us fill this gap and meet the needs for more low-income families in Madison.”

- Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

The goal is to raise $400,000. This will allow 150 children to attend full-time programming for free. Contributions to the fund can be made by contacting the United Way of Dane County or visiting this link .

Read more on current funding from MMSD and the City of Madison.

This is an exception to our typical policy around fundraising messages. We have determined that these efforts help reach our strategic goals as an organization and can do a lot of good for parents and children in the Madison community. 

Sep 10, 2020