Kenosha County Tavern League donates $500 to Westosha Head Start

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Kenosha County Tavern League has donated  $500 to Westosha Head Start to aid local children.

Westosha Head Start, located in Wilmot,  services eligible children ages 3 through 5 as well as their families in the Western Kenosha County area. The program provides a preschool education that focuses on social, cognitive and hands-on learning, ensuring its children will have all the necessary abilities required for their transition into Kindergarten.

Though federally financed, the funds received, which have not increased in several years to match the rising cost of living, are often not enough for the organization. The Head Start program goes beyond the classroom, offering medical, dental, and mental health services as well as family-oriented events.

“We concentrate on the whole child,” said Julie Ouimet, Director of Westosha Head Start.

The donated money comes from the various fundraisers the Kenosha County Tavern League holds. The league’s 11th Annual Ice Fishing Party, which will supply a large portion of the $500, is scheduled for Feb. 28 at Marino’s Country Aire.

“While we consistently donate to various benefits in the area, we wanted to involve ourselves in a partnership we can give to on a regular basis,” said Jennifer Collison, president of the Kenosha County Tavern League. The league also runs the Safe Ride initiative, a free service to help cut down on intoxicated driving.

Already, members are planning ways to further aid the Head Start organization, such as a Back to School program to ensure the students are provided with the essential materials needed for learning.

“We are both excited and grateful to be partnering with the league,” said Ann Beam, Family Advocate and Lead Teacher at Westosha Head Start, “Their generosity will go a long way toward enhancing the children’s learning environment and educational needs.”

This donation will be matched by the Tavern League of Wisconsin Joint Districts 1 & 9 Foundation, and will also be matched by the Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation.

For more information regarding next month’s ice fishing party, contact Local Folks at  539-3200.

Families interesting in more information or filling out an application for the Westosha Head Start program are welcome to contact Julie Ouimet at 262 862-6168.

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