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Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools Joins Network of Partners Working to Deliver 5,000 At Home Supply Kits to Students

As the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) 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’s Public Schools and MMSD have 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. The average cost of a supply kit is $50 and an initial round of 2,500 kits will be purchased and assembled. Another 2,500 supply kits will be secured with additional funds from the community. For ongoing updates and to see collaborating organizations, please visit the Foundation’s school supply page. We greatly appreciate the publicity this initiative has already received, including a great article issued by the Wisconsin State Journal.

All donations for school supplies are being processed through the Foundation’s MMSD Community Resource Fund. This effort will help deliver everything from pencils, notebooks, and headphones to those scholars most in need. Volunteers interested in helping assemble kits will be able to sign up at www.volunteeryourtime.org – as we await final details on volunteer arrangement, please contact the Foundation at fmps@fmps.org for more information.

While in-kind donations will be graciously accepted, financial gifts will make the greatest difference by ensuring all students receiving at home supply kits get the same materials. Again, please visit the school supply page for how you can contribute.