The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District launched an education foundation in the summer of 2011 with the goal of developing additional financial resources to support the educational mission of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.
With the formation of its foundation, MCPASD joined more than 5,000 other public schools and school districts nationwide – including several local districts – that have formed education foundations, which work both to augment programs and activities currently provided by the district, and to keep local communities informed on the strengths, challenges and needs of its schools.
MCPASD has established an affiliation with the Madison Community Foundation, which will provide the necessary administrative and investment expertise for building a successful, permanent foundation.
In October 2011, the MCPASD Education Foundation was awarded a Community Impact Challenge Grant from the Madison Community Foundation. The foundation has to raise $70,000 by Dec. 31, 2012. If it does, the Madison Community Foundation will provide a $35,000 grant to the endowment established by the MCPASD Education Foundation.
As of mid-August 2012, the Education Foundation had raised more than $40,000 toward its goal with pledges in excess of $65,000 over the next five years.
The Madison Community Foundation also recently made a $1,250 contribution to Kromrey Middle School to help cover the costs of its Youth Frontiers Retreat,. The program, which benefits all seventh-graders, is in its third year and has been well received by students, staff and parents, Kromrey Principal Steve Soeteber said. The grant previously used to fund the program is no longer available, Soeteber said.