Success Stories


Why I Give: Leia Esser

Since Leia joined the Madison Metropolitan School District, supporting the Foundation has always been near and dear to her heart. Leia has been involved with the Foundation since she first started working in the district four years ago. As a …

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Why I Give: Nan and Bob Brien

Every donor has a unique and personal reason for choosing to make a gift to the Foundation, and Nan and Bob Brien are no different. Between Bob’s 30 years teaching at Madison College and Nan’s nine years serving as a …

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Why I Give: Kathy Price

Every donor has a unique and personal reason for choosing to make a gift to the Foundation. Kathy Price has donated to the Foundation for more than 13 years. As the district’s Partnerships Coordinator, Kathy deeply understands the importance of …

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Kennedy Elementary’s “Walk for Words” Program

Through a Foundation grant for the 2012-13 school year, Kennedy Elementary endeavored to teach students social skills in specials classes. A team of art, music, physical education, and REACH educators developed lessons linking social skills taught in classrooms to their …

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The Spoken Word Initiative at O’Keeffe Middle School

FMPS provided a grant to the Spoken Word Initiative for the 2012-13 school year to O’Keeffe Middle School, which provided students a unique outlet to express their identities, voice their feelings, and explore their own cultures. With richer resources opening …

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UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center Adopts Lake View Elementary

Thanks to the Adopt-a-School program, UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center donated dozens of snow pants and boots for students at Lake View Elementary. Through this new partnership, which began in 2012, the clinic has provided fruit for students’ breakfast …

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Parent School Partnership at Nuestro Mundo Elementary

Through a 2012-13 Foundation grant, Nuestro Mundo Elementary School created a Parent School Partnership program, which invited parents of minority and economically disadvantaged students to become stronger advocates of their children’s education. The project addressed the need to teach Spanish-speaking …

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Middle School Restorative Justice Initiative at Black Hawk

FMPS funded the Middle School Restorative Justice Initiative for the 2012-13 academic year at Black Hawk and Sennett Middle Schools, which provided proactive and creative solutions for school discipline and conflict resolution. In partnership with the YWCA, the project focused …

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Helping Students WIN at Mendota Elementary

At Mendota Elementary, FMPS funded a grant to support the individual needs of each student on a daily basis and prevent academic failure. The grant, called Providing Every Student WIN (What I Need) Time to Ensure Every Student Succeeds Every …

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Sandburg Elementary Awarded “We Can Do It” Grant

Sandburg Elementary was one of two schools chosen to receive the FMPS “We Can Do It” grant to enhance current efforts to close the achievement gap and improve student achievement. The school will be awarded $200,000 annually for the next …

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