MILWAUKEE — On August 29 about 660 Milwaukee elementary school students have new backpacks filled with school supplies for the new school year, thanks to a donation today from the Milwaukee area AT&T Pioneers.
The AT&T Pioneers visited the Milwaukee schools to donate the new backpacks and school supplies as part of their annual “Tools for Learning Project.”
Each year, the Pioneers work to raise money, purchase supplies, and stuff backpacks to help needy students start the school year fully supplied and ready to learn.
“Through our Tools for Learning Project, the AT&T Pioneers are making sure hundreds of students have the supplies they need to achieve and succeed in the classroom,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin.
“For some families, shopping for new backpacks and school supplies is not always an option.
The AT&T Pioneers have really stepped up to ensure these students have the tools they need to be successful in the new school year.”
Members of the Broadway AT&T Pioneers chapter donated backpacks and supplies to the following six Milwaukee elementary schools:
•Clarke Street School
•Brown Street Academy
•Silver Spring Elementary School
•Institute of Technology & Academics
•Oliver Wendell Holmes School
•Albert Story Elementary School
“These backpacks and supplies will help hundreds of Milwaukee students be prepared for the new school year and be successful in the classroom,” said State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee).
“I applaud volunteers like the AT&T Pioneers for stepping up to meet the needs of our students.”
Last year, the Pioneers donated nearly 750 backpacks to 18 elementary schools around the state. The AT&T Pioneers are a local organization of employees and retirees who volunteer their time to various community causes.
This year, the AT&T Pioneers received a $425 donation from the Greater Milwaukee Generosity Project, which enabled volunteers to purchase 90 backpacks for students at Clarke Street School. The Generosity Project is a movement of passionate people dedicated to increasing charitable giving to nonprofits by passionate people.
Walgreens in Brookfield also assisted by offering a bulk purchase of supplies at their lowest price.