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Backpacks for MPS students deliver smiles and school supplies

889 Backpack Event at MLKStudents eagerly selected backpacks in their favorite colors today at eight MPS schools thanks to the generosity of the Milwaukee community. Through the No Empty Backpacks program presented by 88Nine and the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee residents and businesses were invited to donate school supplies to assist local children and help ensure a great school year.

This year’s No Empty Backpacks drive collected more than 50,000 items to benefit eight MPS schools, topping the 37,000 items received last year. Donated supplies include backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, pencils, pens, notebooks, markers, calculators and more. Support from Robert W. Baird, Educators Credit Union, Michael Best & Friedrich, Northwestern Mutual, and CH Coakley made this effort possible along with the many generous business across the city that served as drop-off locations.

Backpacks were distributed on September 12 at Craig Montessori, Clara Barton, Andrew S. Douglas, Lloyd Barbee Montessori, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, Kagel, Starms Early Childhood, and Ralph H. Metcalfe School. Students at King enjoyed a celebration that included live music by Klassik and a DJ performance by Kenny Perez of Radio Milwaukee.

School supplies are an ongoing need throughout the school year. To contribute backpacks, school supplies, and other needed items for students any time, contact the MPS Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service at 414-475-8285.

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