Planning is underway for the 17th Annual Back to School Bash. The Back to School Bash distributes school supplies to Waushara County families who find it difficult to afford school necessities. Committee members include: Angie Konieczki, Cheryl Berglund, Katie Peterson, Jan Novak, Barb Sobralske, Justine Riesterer, and Auttum Powell.

Back to School Bash seeks donations

Planning is underway for the 17th annual Back to School Bash, coordinated by the Waushara County Department of Human Services. The Back to School Bash provides backpacks and school supplies for Waushara County children in need. Paying school registration fees and purchasing required school supplies can be a financial hardship for many families. The start of the school year can be especially stressful for parents and students if they return to school without the expected school supplies and know their parents can’t afford them. The Back to School Bash depends on the support of local business, civic groups, and community members to ensure community children have the tools they need to learn. Last year, more than 300 children received backpacks or school supplies.   The committee is currently seeking donations of school supplies and backpacks. Donation totes have been placed throughout Waushara County. In Wautoma, totes are located at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Shopko, Hometown Bank, US Bank, Huntington Bank, BMO Bank, Waushara County Courthouse, and the Wautoma Public Library. In Wild Rose, totes are available at the Farmers State Bank, Centex Coop, United Methodist Church, United Presbyterian Church, and the Patterson Memorial Library. In Plainfield/Hancock/Coloma communities, totes are available at the Royal Supermarket, Portage County Bank, the Hancock Bank and the Coloma Library. In Redgranite, totes are available at the First Congregational Church, Hometown Bank, BR Diner, and the Curve-In Café. Monetary donations can also be made payable to Waushara County DHS-Back to School Bash and mailed to P.O. Box 1230 Wautoma 54982. The Back to School Bash will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 in the basement demonstration room of the Waushara County Courthouse. School supplies will be distributed from 8-11 am on a first-come first-serve basis.  Proof of Waushara County residency is required. Back to School Bash also offers pre-registration with pick up on Friday, Aug. 10 from 4-7 pm. Friday pick up is limited to families who pre-register. Proof of residency and program fees will be required. Pre-register forms can be completed electronically at   https://goo.gl/forms/GS2dQgObXOK2Hgkh1 or in person at the Waushara County Department of Human Services at 230 West Park Street, Wautoma. To learn more about Waushara County’s Back to School Bash or make a donation, contact Angie Konieczki at 920-787-6550 and angie.konieczki@co.waushara.wi.us or Jan Novak at 920-787-6600 and jan.novak@co.waushara.wi.us.