The Kewaunee County Public Health Department is seeking the help of local businesses and community members to fill the backpacks of area students with supplies for the upcoming school year for its annual Back to School Program, which helps approximately 300 kids each year.

Registration is currently underway and donations are being accepted for distribution at Lakehaven Hall, 96 Ellis St., Kewaunee, on Wednesday, August 19.

The program aims to provide some 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.

“This next school year is going to be extremely critical in helping as many students as we can because of the financial impact that COVID-19 may have had on some families,” said Cindy Kinnard, RN, director of the county Public Health Department.

Families in need of a Back to School Program registration form for students attending public or parochial schools or those who are home schooled, may pick up a form at the Kewaunee County Public Health Department, 810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee or Kewaunee Public Library, 822 Juneau Street, Kewaunee, print one off online at www.kewauneeco.org or call the Health Department and a form can be mailed. The deadline to turn in registration forms is Monday, Aug. 3.

Those who meet the registration deadline will be first to pick up supplies and sent a postcard notifying them of their assigned time. Forms received after the Aug. 3 deadline will still be accepted, but those families will be assigned a later supply pickup time. NO phone registrations are being accepted. Back to School Program walk-ins may come to Lakehaven Hall from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

Those who would like to help the Back to School Program may do so in several ways with either a financial or supply donation before Aug. 10.

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

School supplies needed include 1-inch three-ring binders, two-pocket folders, markers, highlighters, crayons, wide- and college-ruled spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, index cards, 3×3 Post-Its, and dry-erase markers.

Donations can be made at several area churches in designated Back to School Program boxes or dropped off at the Kewaunee County Health & Human Services Building.

“We would like to thank the community and area businesses for their continued support of the Back to School Program,” Kinnard said. “This program would not be possible without their generosity. We would also like to thank the Board of the Lakehaven Hall for their gracious donation of the space to hold our program again this year.”