The back-to-school picnic gives away more than 300 school supplies

MONONA, Wis. (WMTV) – A back-to-school picnic in Monona on Saturday brought families online with free school supplies, offering more than 300 items. These included backpacks, notebooks, calculators, folders and many other classroom essentials.

“Some for girls, some for boys. Our backpacks were to die for,” laughed Latonya Jackson, who helped coordinate the event.

Jackson is the founder of Waiting to Exhale Events, which organized the picnic. Waiting to Exhale Events is a non-profit organization launched in February with the goal of empowering and connecting women. Jackson said they wanted to organize an event that would also benefit children and families at the start of the new school year.

“Our women are mothers, daughters, businesswomen, caregivers, so what better way to give back to them than to give back to the children? she explained.

Waiting to Exhale Events provided some of the supplies themselves, but the rest were donations from retailers and individuals. Jackson said the supplies were gone before she knew it.

“For us to be so small and just getting started, donations [were] great, and then to this, for them to trust us to do this and we had an amazing result,” she said.

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