Back to School 2017
On Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25, 600 children from around the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas received a backpack full of school supplies thanks to the community, giving them a boost of confidence on their upcoming first day of school. In its 18th year, the Back to School Program provides school-aged children, teens, and back-to-school adults with items that they will need to help them be successful in the upcoming year.
“Each child received a backpack filled with supplies that is customized for the grade that they will be entering,” says Judy Kujoth, Case Manager for Middleton Outreach Ministry. “Our goal is to provide more than the basics so that they are truly prepared. The program also supplies relief to families worried about the extra expense of the often costly supplies. Between supply donations and the amazing people who volunteer, the community really comes together and makes the huge undertaking a reality.”
The program ran in conjunction with a clothing and sporting goods distribution through MOM’s Clothing Center. At a time of year where many families are shopping for new school clothing for their growing children, clients can take clothing that they need for their children due to the upcoming cooler weather. In addition, the Middleton Library provided information about services and distributed a coupon for a free book to be redeemed at the library. They also helped families pick out free books onsite, provided by Books for the World, a global literacy project, supervised by Rotarians. RISE was also there to connect families with their Parent-Child Home Program.
“Giving kids the items that they need to fit in and feel prepared can make a big impact on how ready they feel on the first day and how excited that they are to meet their teachers, their classmates, and learn.” says Ellen Carlson, Interim Executive Director at MOM. “The Back to School Program also helps keep families in stable housing, supplying them with the assistance they need to free up financial resources to pay for necessary expenses like rent.”
Program supplies were donated by area individuals, groups and companies. Special thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their extra support of the program: Madison4Kids, Blackhawk Church, Cross Plains Lions Club, Books for the World, the many volunteers, and all of the community drop-off locations and company drives.
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