Ready Set School needs your help


From: Ready Set School Executive Board: Mandi Olson, Jenny Baertsch, Tricia Wehrenberg, and Kate Carlson


Ready Set School is a local nonprofit that works to ensure all eligible K-12 students who attend school in Winona County have the basic and necessary supplies and clothing for school. In 2019, we served 850 Winona County children. This time of year would typically be the peak fundraising season for Ready Set School. About 30 percent of our income comes from fundraising events and donations received during the March through May time period. A few fundraising events have already been canceled due to COVID-19, and we expect more to be canceled as this situation progresses. We understand that social distancing is the best way to fight this virus together, and we fully support those efforts. However, we are now considering additional avenues in which we can make up that 30 percent to support all Winona County families who need assistance.

We at Ready Set School also recognize the need for our assistance will likely be greater in 2020 than previous years because jobs have been lost, bills have been backlogged, and many caregivers are simply trying to put food on the table. We want to be able to provide secure support to each family that applies, but we can’t do that without your help. Please consider donating to Ready Set School during this time. Your donation goes directly to Winona County families. You can mail a donation to 51 East Fourth Street, suite 404, Winona, Minn., 55987; or donate online:

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