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School Supplies for Kids Raising $55,000 This Summer for Area School Children In Need

July 23, 2014

 

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“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul,

than the way it treats its children.”

- Nelson Mandela

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2014

Media Contact: Jessica Burda
608-663-8974, jburda@vogelbldg.com

Local Grassroots Charity Celebrates 21 Years of Helping Area School Children

School Supplies for Kids Raising $55,000 This Summer for Area School Children In Need


MADISON, WI – Twenty-one years ago, parents in a local neighborhood asked for help purchasing school supplies for their children as another autumn approached. David Vogel and fellow business associates wanted to help, pooling together funding to buy those supplies for families that couldn’t afford them.

Today, this charitable tradition continues through the efforts of School Supplies For Kids and these still much-needed supplies are delivered to more than 140 schools in Dane County. Now in 2014, this quiet homegrown charity has set a goal of fundraising $55,000 by September 1 and needs your help.

“This is not even a third of the real need,” said Vogel, Founder of School Supplies For Kids. “Our program furnishes basic supplies such as pencils, crayons, and paper, from a list developed with the aid of area teachers. But the schools also recommend backpacks, padlocks, calculators, and other items. The funds for these items have not been available, nor will the $55,000 cover them. The need in our area continues to grow each year.”

According to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction statistics, Dane County’s overall school enrollment has grown by 11.65 percent in the last five years. During that same period of time, the number of economically-disadvantaged children has increased by more than 35 percent.

How Does School Supplies For Kids Work?
The funds are raised each year through generous donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations. The program’s major partners are Shopko Department Stores, Mead & Hunt, Inc., Firefighters Local 311, UPS, Budget Truck Rental, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Vogel Bros. Building Co., and the Vogel Foundation.

“Through the Vogel Foundation, School Supplies For Kids can purchase supplies with tax-exempt status,” Vogel explains. “All donations are tax deductable, while all materials for mailing, coordination, time, and delivery costs are donated. We ensure that 100 percent of every dollar donated, minus Paypal fees for online contributions, goes directly to the purchase of school supplies.”

A Good Start For The School Year

Vogel believes that school supplies can provide a crucial step forward for area school children each year. “One way that we can help close the achievement gap in Dane County Schools is to help the economically disadvantaged kids get off to a good start. Having the necessary school supplies is a way of doing that.

“Please join us in investing in our future and the country’s future by helping support these kids,” Vogel added. “We’ve set a goal of raising $55,000 by September 1. I encourage the greater Madison and Dane County communities to help us reach this important goal this summer.”

School Supplies for Kids welcomes donations both online and by check. You can learn more at School Supplies For Kids. Fans can also like www.facebook.com/SchoolSuppliesForKids.

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