The MCPASD Education Foundation sold more than 225 bricks as part of its Bricks to Build a Strong Foundation campaign that wrapped up October 15.
The campaign began in early August. After expenses, the Foundation expects to raise more than $30,000 from the brick campaign with the majority of the funds being earmarked for its endowment fund, which is held by the Madison Community Foundation. The Foundation has raised nearly $150,000 for its endowment fund since 2011. Earnings on the endowment are available in perpetuity to support students and staff.
The Foundation has awarded more than $20,000 in grants since 2013, including nearly $7,500 in grants this fall. All ten District schools, along with Pooh Bear Preschool, have been awarded at least one grant. The grants have impacted more than 4,000 District students.
The bricks are currently being engraved by Pechmann Memorials, and will be installed by J.H. Findorff & Son, the construction firm that has worked on both middle school building projects for the District. The bricks will be placed near the main entrances at both schools, and are expected to be installed in December.
Foundation executive director Perry Hibner was especially excited by the number of area businesses and organizations that decided to purchase bricks, including Children’s Dental Center, Communication Innovations, Cross Plains Optimist Club, Cross Plains Lions Club, Halverson Flooring Center, Harbor Athletic Club, H&H Electric, Hooper Construction, Hubbard Avenue Diner, J.H. Findorff & Son, Kalscheur Implement, Kicks Unlimited, Maly Roofing, Middleton Community Bank, Middleton Community Endowment, Middleton Education Association, Middleton Kiwanis Club, North American Mechanical, Plastic Ingenuity, Pooh Bear Childcare & Preschool, River Valley Bank, State Bank of Cross Plains, VFW Auxiliary Post 8216 and Willy Street Co-Op West.
“The brick campaign was a big success,’’ he said. “We are grateful to everyone who decided to participate.’’