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Community generosity provides students with the tools to succeed

No Empty BackpacksMPS partner Radio Milwaukee, with the support of The Milwaukee Business Journal, recently finished its second annual “No Empty Backpacks” school supply drive. The effort encouraged hundreds of people and businesses from across the community to purchase and donate needed school supplies for low-income students.

Last week, special deliveries were made to six MPS schools: Carson, Hi Mount, Lancaster, Mitchell, Victory and Thurston Woods. In all, the drive collected 37,389 items including 350 backpacks plus supplies such as pens, notebooks, protractors, glue, highlighters, markers, calculators, folders, flash drives, pencils and paper.

Students at Lancaster School received their backpacks at a special assembly that included a musical performance by eclectic Milwaukee hip-hop collective New Age Narcissism.

No Empty Backpacks at Lancaster“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community,” said MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver. “These are the tools our students need to do the important work of learning. They feel prepared and ready to participate when they have the supplies they need to succeed.”

School supplies are accepted throughout the school year at any MPS school or at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee.

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