With schools and libraries closed, Thomas Wright ’21 knew that it would be difficult for many Milwaukee families to continue scholastic work at home. “Libraries and schools provide the main source of educational activity for many families,” said Wright. “Because they are closed, the impetus behind this project was to help keep the learning going, and keep the creativity going.”
Wright, along with other Upper School student council members, established a book and art-supply drive to benefit students and families in Milwaukee Public Schools. Wright and others reached out to members of the University School of Milwaukee community seeking donations of gently used materials to be dropped off on the front porches of specific homes, and they have collected roughly 50 boxes of supplies.
Wright also contacted Dr. Katrice Cotton, chief school administrative officer with Milwaukee Public Schools, who in turn contacted Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Dr. Keith Posley, for permission and approval to organize the supply drive.
“I’m hoping these supplies can help supplement the students’ learning and also maybe provide some relief to the parents,” said Wright. “There’s been such a huge response, which I’m most happy about. I think the school community at USM can really empathize with these families and hopefully make a difference.”
If you have any questions regarding the drive or would like to volunteer to pick up donations, please contact Thomas Wright ’21 who can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 262.777.0460.