The 2017-2018 school year is right around the corner and registration for Kewaunee County’s annual Back to School Program is underway.

The program aims to provide some of the required school supplies for children of families in need. The families who qualify for assistance are those on WIC, Food Share or BadgerCare, as well as those who partake in the free or reduced breakfast or lunch programs or have found themselves in an emergency situation.

The distribution of supplies is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Lakehaven Hall, 96 Ellis Street, Kewaunee.

Back to School Program registration forms were sent home with public school children at the end of the 2016-17 school year. But anyone in need of a form, including students attending parochial schools or those who are home schooled, may pick one up at the Kewaunee County Public Health Department, Algoma Public Library or Fox Communities (former Harbor) Credit Union in Luxemburg. The deadline to turn in registration forms is Monday, Aug. 7.

Those who meet the registration deadline will be first to pick up supplies and sent a postcard notifying them of their assigned time. Registration forms received after the August 7 deadline will still be accepted, but those families will be assigned a later supply pick-up time. NO phone registrations are being accepted. And Back to School Program walk-ins may come to Lakehaven Hall from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 16.

Businesses and community members who would like to help the Back to School Program may do so in several ways with either a financial or supply donation before Wednesday, August 9.

Financial donations via check may be sent to:Kewaunee County Public Health Department, Attn: Deanne Schultz, 810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216. Please indicate that the donation is for the Back to School Program.

School supplies that are needed this year are: loose leaf paper, 1” 3-ring binders, two-pocket folders, colored pencils, markers and highlighters and dry erase markers. There are donation boxes at many of the area churches, as well as Shopko Hometown and Nicolet Bank, Luxemburg. Supplies may also be dropped off at the Kewaunee County Health & Human Services Building at 810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee.

“The Kewaunee County Back to School program has made a positive impact in the lives of so many children and the program wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from the community and area businesses,” says Cindy Kinnard, RN, director of the Kewaunee County Public Health Department. “We would like to thank the board of Lakehaven Hall for their gracious donation of the space to hold our program again this year.”