For Immediate Release: September 25, 2017
Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903

Grant Will Support the Expansion of Community Schools
CUNA Mutual Group announced Monday it is committing $500,000 over three years to help the Madison School District community schools model expand to two more schools. The local insurer’s foundation focuses on partnering with organizations that help people achieve economic stability.
“Early results for Madison’s first two community schools are positive, and we want to help expand their good work,” said Beth Cutler, CUNA Mutual Group Community Relations & Foundation Leader.
“Community schools work holistically to help children succeed academically, which builds leadership skills and positions them for success,” Cutler said. “Creating a school where students, family and community work together in a coordinated fashion is a winning combination that builds the assets of that community.”
Community schools integrate services like health care, academic tutoring, mentoring, food access or parent leadership opportunities into school sites.
“When students and their families are fully supported, our students can be ready to excel in the classroom,” said Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. “Our two community schools are building on the strengths of our students and families, closing gaps in needed support areas and integrating coordinated services into our schools.”
In the 2016-17 school year, Mendota and Leopold Elementary Schools became Madison’s first two community schools. CUNA Mutual’s grant will support the expansion of the community schools pilot to two more Madison schools.
At Monday night’s Board of Education Meeting, the district will provide an update on existing community schools and planning efforts.
Community schools have also been supported by grants a $300,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, $120,000 from Madison Gas and Electric and $10,000 from the Magic Pebble Foundation.
“We’re energized by the ongoing community support for this important program, and I want to thank CUNA Mutual Group for supporting our students and school communities through this generous grant,” Cheatham said.