Dozens of handmade fabric face masks donated by the Kewaunee Artisan Center were the first of the school supplies that families chose during the Kewaunee County Public Health Department’s annual Back to School Program.
More than 320 children chose from more than 4,000 donated school and hygiene supplies Aug. 19, including backpacks, notebooks, folders, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, tissues, face masks, toothpaste, shampoo and soap.
“Due to COVID-19, our focus was to organize a safe distribution,” said Cindy Kinnard, director of the Kewaunee County Public Health Department. “We had volunteers prepackage supplies; we expanded the duration of the event to space out pickup times; we placed social-distancing markers on the floor; and items were handled at each supply station by volunteers – who were wearing face masks and gloves – instead of being directly picked up by participants. We have families in Kewaunee County who really rely on the Back to School Program, and with COVID-19 causing job losses, layoffs or reduced hours, this program has helped some more than ever before.”