Back 2 School Basics
The 2014 Giveaway is now history!!
WE DID IT AGAIN!
Over 1,700 children will be starting the school year with 'the basics' needed to be successful! Thank You, Sheboygan, for helping us help others!!
Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1231, Sheboygan, WI 53082 or call John Koehler at 459-3773 to donate supplies.
Back to School Basics was created in 1996 to fulfill a need in our community. A peek at a Community Project Awards book at our district's 1994 convention about a similar project and a television news report on the high cost of school supplies prompted a question: how do families with minimum-wage jobs, or no job at all, buy school supplies for their kids??
A small army of Optimists became the Back to School Basics committee and met over the course of many months to answer questions like: how many kids need our help? How can we raise money to purchase enough supplies to give them? Where can we hold a giveaway?
In 1997, 230 kids were served from a garage at the local scrap yard. Since then we've held the giveaway in empty storefronts, at the Boys & Girls Club and have found a 'permanent' home at Longfellow Elementary’s gym.