Kristin Wilson, Megan Westphal and Alex Garcia accepting their team’s grant at Middleton High School in April 2019.
As part of the Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, we asked MCPASD staff who received a grant to share how the funds are making an impact. The Education Foundation awarded 10 grants worth $16,091 to staff in 2018-19.
Today we hear from social worker Alex Garcia. Her team, which includes school nurse Megan Westphal and social workers Kristin Wilson and Sarah Estrella, received a $1,700 grant to help address period poverty at Middleton High School and Clark Street Community School.
The team purchased feminine hygiene products for bathrooms at both of the schools.
“Receiving this grant has allowed us to keep our bathrooms fully stocked with feminine hygiene products to ensure that lack of access to these products does not become a barrier to coming to school,” Garcia explained.
“With the grant money received, we have been able to purchase feminine hygiene products and containers to place in our bathrooms at MHS and CSCS,” she added. “We are also using the grant funds to make weekend bags that students can have for free to make sure they have their needs met over the weekend.”
The Education Foundation funds grants for innovative and unique programs that complement the district’s educational goals. Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded more than 100 grants worth approximately $105,000.
Donors’ support makes it possible for us to help MCPASD schools.
Donors also can ask their employers if they match gifts, and use the Education Foundation’s tax ID or employer identification number (EIN), 47-5618597, to complete the match. Thank you.