Over the weekend my family and I drove up to Manitowoc to visit my mother-in-law and take photographs at the 16th annual KAN Cool for School school supply give-away event. Nearly 900 families made their way through Jefferson Elementary’s gymnasium. This important event allows children who may not otherwise be able to shop for their supplies to get as many as they can with the help of volunteers.
Each year, schools provide KAN with school supply lists. With donations from various groups and businesses, KAN volunteers purchase, organize, pack, and store the supplies students will need for the entire school year. In addition to school supplies, the organization provides students with winter wear items. At this year's event, families were given a $20 voucher to go towards the purchase of shoes for their children.
KAN is a non-profit organization made up of a number of different groups from the local community including the Golden K-Kiwanis, the Manitowoc Optimists Club, the Manitowoc Sunrise Rotary Club, St. James Episcopal Church, and the Salvation Army, to name just a few.