After getting her free, new backback stuffed with notebooks, markers and other supplies, Yisela Gonzales said she’s ready to start the sixth grade in the Madison School District.
Gonzales was among more than 1,500 children from across Dane County to get a free backpack and supplies at 100 Black Men of Madison’s annual back-to-school picnic Saturday at Demetral Park on the North Side.
“It’s nice,” said Yisela’s mother, Maria. “Everything is so expensive nowadays. It helps.”
More than 2,500 children, parents and other family members were also treated to free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages and got a chance to socialize. Madison Police gave out baseball cards.