100 Black Men of Madison Inc. to provide free school supplies for Dane Co. students

Their 26th Back to School Celebration will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Aug. 21 at the Alliant Energy Center.
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Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 4:48 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2021 at 12:02 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Dane County elementary and middle school students of limited-income families are encouraged to participate in an event Saturday to receive a full bag of new school supplies.

100 Black Men of Madison Inc. announced Wednesday it will hold its 26th Back to School Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center. The event will be a drive-through, organizers explained, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is our 26th year. In those 26 years, we’ve given away backpacks of free school supplies to kids in Dane County. We don’t means test, we just know that you’re a kid in need. You need school supplies, we want to provide them for you,” J.R. Sims, Vice President of 100 Black Men of Madison Inc. said.

Elementary and middle school students who are accompanied by their parents will each receive a new backpack filled with school supplies until the group runs out.

There will also be free COVID-19 vaccinations available for those who are ages 12 an older, in partnership with Walmart.

The Madison City Clerk’s Office will also be present at the event to provide voter registration assistance to those who need it.

“To be able to come to school feeling fully prepared and fully equipped is extremely important in developing a child’s confidence. And as we all know, if you look good and you feel good then you’re going to perform better.”

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