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Working to ensure students start school with all needed supplies


Why We Help

Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to be the one in the classroom without paper, pencils or folders? What if your parents had been unable to afford what you needed for school? Would you have felt sad, disappointed, embarrassed, angry, or left out? Unfortunately, on average 1,000 children in Manitowoc County have experienced exactly how it feels to go to school unprepared. These students start at a disadvantage, which limits their chances for success. That’s why KAN Cool for School a 501(c)(3) was formed in 2004 – to assure that all Manitowoc County children have the school supplies they need.
KAN relies on local school systems to identify the children in need who are invited to the annual event. Every August, an average of 1000 children and their parents come to our drive thru event where we give out $25.00 Office Max gift certificates and backpacks.
In addition, KAN volunteers pack and deliver cases of school supplies to the Manitowoc county schools that request them. Throughout the year, teachers draw supplies from the “Magic Closet”, being careful to protect the privacy of the recipients.
The program costs about $35.00 per child in need which comes to $30,000 per year. KAN relies on donations from individuals, businesses, community organizations and grants. Your donation will help make a difference in a child’s life!
With your help, every child will have the tools needed to succeed in school!

Donating School Supplies to Children in Need

Welcome to the KAN Cool for School Website. We are a non-profit organization that holds a school supply giveaway event annually for economically disadvantaged children in Manitowoc County. In addition, we stock area schools with supplies for distribution to children in need our program may have missed.

Our Mission

KAN Cool for School is a non-profit organization providing school supplies to economically disadvantaged students in Manitowoc County.

Our Vision

To assure that every child in Manitowoc County has the school supplies required for success in school, KAN Cool for School strives to be the coordinating agency for organizations actively engaged in this effort.

Three young girls playing on playground equipment

What others have to say about us

“I have volunteered for Kan Cool for School the past 17 years and have witnessed the joy brought to children and parents.”

Interested in making a financial donation?

KAN Cool for School is a non-profit 501c3 organization which is run 100% by volunteers. With your help, we can be sure every child is prepared for success in school. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Donations can also be mailed to:
KAN Cool for School
P.O. Box 2254
Manitowoc, WI 54220