Westosha Head Start thanks donors

From left: Andrea Stephens (Westosha Head Start Policy Council), Julie Ouimet (Westosha Head Start Director), Ashley Estrada )Westosha Head Start Policy Council), Jennifer Collison (Kenosha County Tavern League), Suzanne Morgan (Westosha Head Start Policy Council). /Submitted photo

Westosha Head Start issued the following news release regarding thanking some its donors in the past year:

Westosha Head Start is “Very Thankful” this year to many community members donating funds and their time to aid local children and families in the Kenosha County area.

For our November/December Family Night Event, Jennifer Collison, President of The Kenosha County Tavern League and owner of Local Folks Restaurant and Pub in Slades Corners, donated funds to our organization, cooked and helped serve 125 meals, and then donated all the food for the event.

The Kenosha County Job Center came out to promote everything they had to offer to local families by setting up a booth, doing a mini presentation, and then providing a vast assortment of resources for families to take home.

Subway in Paddock Lake/Twin Lakes is always willing to donate food for free or at cost whenever Head Start has a need.

This year the Wilmot Fire Association donated funds to help make Christmas a little easier on our families. The funds provided game night baskets for families to cook a meal and spend quality time together as a family, and also used for emergency/crisis situations that families were going through.
Central High School’s Association of Business Students came to our center. Around 28 students and their teachers dressed up like elves, gave each child a book and a little gift, and did many activitieswith the children. This was such a fun event for all.

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 free comprehensive 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.

“Our programming concentrates on the whole child” said Julie Ouimet, Director of Westosha Head Start.

The Head Start program goes beyond the classroom, offering medical, dental, and mental health services, as well as family-oriented events. Although federally financed, the funds received are often not enough for the organization. The community generosity helps to make Head Start’s programming goals more attainable.

Last year, with multiple donations from the Kenosha County Tavern League, Head Start was able to provide a new smart board for one of our classrooms. This year with community donations we are updating our playground with a new playhouse being built by Central High School, purchasing play equipment, and then using the rest of the funds for emergency/crisis situations.

“We are so grateful for all the community support this year. We are able to do so much more for our families and provide much needed services” said Ann Beam, Family Advocate of Westosha Head Start. Families interested in more information for the Westosha Head Start program are welcome to contact Julie Ouimet at (262) 862-6168.

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