Did you know that more than 90% of teachers pay for classroom supplies out of pocket? School supplies matter. They empower teachers to be creative and motivate young people to fully engage in learning. The MPS Foundation’s new Classroom Support Fund, presented in 2023 by Educators Credit Union, is focused on providing resources to the classrooms and teachers that need them the most.
In its pilot year, the fund will provide 25 schools with dedicated funds that can be used throughout the 2023-2024 school year for traditional school supplies as well as out-of-the-box items like classroom equipment, personal supplies, technology, playground equipment, health and wellness materials, classroom grants, and more.
A partnership with EZ Office Products, the school district, and the MPS Foundation will allow teachers to shop online and order supplies to be delivered directly to their schools when they need them.
This initiative will replace our longstanding back-to-school tradition, “No Empty Backpacks,” which was co-organized by the MPS Foundation, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, and the school district for the past seven years.
The Classroom Support Fund is presented by Educators Credit Union, with support from our media partner Jammin’ 98.3, which will host a two-day telethon on August 24-25. And finally, Save The Date for a free concert fundraiser organized by MPS alum and successful music artist Emmitt James at Third Space Brewing on August 25.