The seventh annual No Empty Backpacks School Supplies Drive is launching today and runs through September 16, 2022. Considering the growing needs of Milwaukee families post-pandemic and the rising costs of supplies, the MPS Foundation and its partners are setting out to raise $50,000 to assist with back-to-school expenses.
MPS Foundation, a separate 501c3, works directly with Milwaukee Public Schools to ensure that supplies get into the hands of the students and families that need them the most. Unfortunately, the reality is that the need never wholly goes away, so supplies will be delivered to schools before and after the start of school. The money raised will give students a backpack full of supplies, including notebooks, calculators, pencils, highlighters, and more.
“This effort is about dignity for our students,” said John Kersey, MPS Foundation Board President. “No student in our community should have to be uncertain of having essential school supplies. This also helps alleviate many teachers’ financial burdens in their classrooms. We encourage those individuals and companies, that are able, to donate to this campaign.”
No Empty Backpacks is a full-circle community effort led by MPS Foundation, Milwaukee Public Schools, Educators Credit Union, Jammin 98.3, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Best Ed, a local supply company, allows for donations to be purchased digitally. In addition, backpacks are being packed by individuals from Milwaukee’s blindness community at Beyond Vision.