~ Hawthorne Elementary 5th grader
So far this year, we've identified 841 students who have experienced homelessness in our district.
Students experiencing homelessness are sharing their experience in an awareness and fundraising campaign to benefit Madison Metropolitan School District's Transition Education Program (TEP).
In a community matching grant campaign called We ♥ Schools, Heartland Credit Union features student voices in a video series and shows how TEP is stepping in to support kids. The campaign will continue into the new year. You can help by sharing the videos with friends and family!
A similar Heartland campaign in 2013 raised thousands of dollars for TEP. The money was used in a variety of ways including the installation of showers, washers, and dryers in school facilities. “Every school can use more for their homeless families,” says Hawthorne social worker Maria Loy. “It takes a community effort to make it happen,” adds TEP teacher Jani Koester.
Spreading the word is an easy way to raise money and awareness. Please like and share the first video, which is posted above and on Heartland Credit Union's Facebook page.