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School of Education students, staff pitch in at 100 Black Men of Madison’s Back to School Celebration

August 17, 2019

The 100 Black Men of Madison held its 25th annual Back to School Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 10, and several with ties to UW–Madison’s School of Education were on hand to help out at the event.

Back to School Celebration
Several from UW-Madison helped out at the 100 Black
Men of Madison's Back to School Celebration Aug. 10.
Pictured here are (back row, left-to-right) Antonella
Pappolla, a Ph.D. student with the Department of
Educational Policy Studies, Camilo Villouta, a Ph.D.
student in horticulture, Jessica Gorak, a master's
student in secondary education, Camilo Pérez, a Ph.D.
alum in mechanical engineering (front row,
left-to-right) Samantha Baruah, the associate director
of the Teacher Education Center, Francesca Rodriguez,
a strategic program director with the Dean's Office,
and Zola Rodriquez. 
Over the years, the 100 Black Men of Madison has provided more than 32,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to area youth. The Back to School Celebration today not only provides backpacks with school supplies, it now also makes available “vital services and exposures” to more than 2,000 economically disadvantaged youth and their families.

This year’s celebration provided health screenings (including, vision, hearing, immunizations and asthma), school and reduced lunch registration, free books for children, certificates for free haircuts and car-safe seats, and much more.

This year’s event was held at Madison College’s Truax Campus.

Those from the School of Education helping out at the Back to School Celebration included: Antonella Pappolla, a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies; Jessica Gorak, a master’s student in secondary education; Samantha Baruah, the associate director of the Teacher Education Center; and Francesca Rodriguez, a strategic program coordinator with the Dean’s Office.


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