Back 2 School Basics
Plans for the 2018 Back to School Basics are underway!
Over 1,000 children started the 2017-18 school year with 'the basics' needed to be successful this year! Thank You, Sheboygan, for helping us help others!!
Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1231, Sheboygan, WI 53082
Back to School Basics was created in 1996 to fulfill a need in our community. Prompted by information about a similar project at the 1994 district convention, and a television news report on the high cost of school supplies one of our members started thinking about families with minimum-wage jobs, or no job at all. How do these hard-working parents 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 determine: 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 and have helped THOUSANDS of children start school with self-confidence and pride in their brand new supplies!