Thursday, April 23, 2020
The MPS Foundation is pleased to announce that more than $60,000 has been raised to support MPS students and families during school closures. Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton has donated $25,000 and his gift will be fully matched by the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Trust Fund, through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Together, the two gifts will provide nearly 2,500 supply kits for students and families that include cleaning and hygiene products and academic supplies.
In addition, some MPS families will receive Walmart gift cards through the generosity of T-Mobile and the MPS Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service. Boswell Book Company is preparing to donate and distribute books to MPS students so learning can continue.
With schools under state orders to remain closed for the rest of the school year, students and families are experiencing many needs that are normally supported by schools. On a regular school day, MPS students receive breakfast and lunch, access to technology and library books, services from school nurses and social workers, and an array of college and career supports.
MPS has continued to offer free packaged breakfasts and lunches to families along with grade-level learning packets. Distribution of electronic devices and Chromebooks is currently underway so students can continue learning at home. The district has also prepared extensive lists of free online learning resources for students to access from home so learning can continue.
Our students need community support! The MPS Foundation is accepting donations through its COVID-19 Relief Funds to provide meals, learning tools, cleaning supplies, and activity packages. The Nutrition Fund will provide packaged meals and the COVID-19 Relief Fund will support education and other supplies.
Now is your chance to support MPS students! Across the city, Milwaukee residents are stepping up to support local restaurants, food pantries, healthcare services, and more. Please visit the MPS Foundation website and select the Nutrition Fund or COVID-19 Fund to assist Milwaukee families and help MPS students keep learning.
We thank you in advance for supporting Milwaukee students as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our schools.