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Back to School Program

Back to School Program

The Back to School Program ensures that children from low-income families in our area receive the tools they need to succeed in school. This includes backpacks stuffed with grade level supplies for children in Pre-K through high school and supplies for college students.  The program reaches nearly 1,000 students in total each year through the generosity of the community.

During the summer, MOM collects new school supplies and new back packs for this program. Cash donations are also accepted and used to purchase items needed for the program.  

Donations of new and gently used athletic apparel and equipment are also accepted to help student athletes achieve success with extra-curricular activities. Many talented student athletes are not able to participate in their sport of choice due to lack of affordability.

The Back to School Program is one of many ways that MOM is working to keep families in stable housing, supplying them with the assistance needed to free up financial resources to pay rent. The program also provides relief to families worried about the extra expense, and joy to children as they prepare for a great year ahead.

Special thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their extra support of the program:

  • Costco, Middleton
  • Madison4Kids
  • TDS
  • Blackhawk Church
  • Cross Plains Lions Club
  • Cross Plains Optimist Club

 - and all of the community drop-off locations and internal company drives.

Additional Information

  • All supplies are needed and welcomed but we find the greatest needs each year include:

    • extra-large back packs for high school students
    • dry erase markers
    • three ring binders (without logos)
    • graph paper
    • dividers for folders and binders
    • protractors
    • compasses
    • black sharpies
    • Crayola crayons
    • plastic page protectors in packs of 10
    • 3x3 Post-it notes
    • scotch tape
    • pocket folders

    All donations of brand new items are welcomed.

    Printable list

  • Brand new backpacks and school supplies should come directly to the MOM office.  

    Donations of sporting goods and gently used school supplies can be taken directly to the MOM Distribution Center

    You can also find brightly colored barrels in which to leave your donations throughout the community.

    Please bring your items by Friday, August 19. 


    • If you have a child, consider buying double of what is on your child's list.
    • Help organize a supply drive in your neighborhood, your church or at your office.
    • Donate money.
  • "Stuff the Bus" with the Cross Plains Lions

    • Terry's Market, Cross Plains
    • World of Variety, Cross Plains
    • Cross Plains Pharmacy
    • Walgreens, Cross Plains
    • St. Frances Parish, Cross Plains
    • Sisters on Main, Cross Plains
    • St. Martin's Church, Cross Plains

    Wagner Insurance and Financial, Cross Plains

    Craftsman Table and Tap, Middleton

    Greenway Station, Middleton



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