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24th Annual Chili Cook-off!

Join us Saturday, February 10 at the Winona Middle School from 11:00-2:00. Try chili from area restaurants, do crafts with Winona Public Library, and be entertained by local singers and dancers. Cost is $10 for all-you-can-eat chili & a pop, or $1 hot dog, chips, & a pop. Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds go to Ready Set School. Ready Set School

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Hy-Vee Donation Received

Hy-Vee of Winona donated proceeds from every box of dozen cookies sold in the month of August to Ready Set School. Pictured is Hy-Vee store director Dan Welsh presenting RSS director Jessi Darst with a check for $540. What a generous gift to our community!


WSHS Student Council Donation Received

Winona Senior High School Student Council held their second annual Color Run fundraiser on September 17 and raised $430! All proceeds were donated to Ready Set School to help Winona County k-12 kids get the supplies they need for school. Pictured front row (L-R): Student Council Advisor Adrien Everest, Ready Set School Director Jessi Darst, and the Winona Senior High School Student Council.


Education Minnesota Lewiston-Altura Donation Received

Justin Hanson of Education MInnesota Lewiston-Altura presents Ready Set School board member Emily Cassellius with a check for $400.78. What a generous gift from our local educators! All funds donated to Ready Set School go back to Winona County k-12 students as they prepare for the new school year.


Peoples State Bank Altura Donation Received

A Casual Friday for employees at Peoples State Bank in Altura added up to a $210 donation check to Ready Set School! All funds donated to RSS are used to help Winona County kids prepare for the new school year. Pictured L-R – Tammy Potter, Pete Kramer, Andrea Woxland, RSS Director Jessi Darst, and Linda Ihrke.


WSHS Color Run Fundraiser

Thanks to Winona Senior High School Student Council for putting on a Color Run fundraiser for RSS this weekend! Board member Jenny Baertsch and her daughter had a great time 🙂


Cars-N-Credit Donation Received

So grateful to our friends at Cars-N-Credit for their second annual backpack drive! We received 14 backpacks loaded with notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, glue sticks, and more! All donated items go to local students as they prepare for the new school year. Pictured are Winona Cars-N-Credit Manager Dandi Escobar and Ready Set School Director Jessi Darst.


Merchants Bank St. Charles Donation Received

Merchants Bank in St Charles presented us with a great big check for $717.05 from their annual Hot Dog Lunch on Friday August 25th! What a successful event! All funds donated to RSS are used to help Winona County K-12 students get the supplies they need for the classroom. Pictured: Merchants Bank Commercial & Ag Banker Blake Koebke and Ready Set School Director Jessi

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Goodson Donation Received

Way to go Goodson team members! A company-wide collection was held to help Ready Set School equip local students for the new school year. All donated supplies go to Winona County K-12 students and classrooms in need of assistance. Pictured (L-R): RSS Director Jessi Darst; Goodson team members Diane Bagniewski, Diane Frick, Veronica Cavazos, Beverly Kohner, Nick Biesanz and Carlos Cavazos. In front are

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Spalon Donation Received

Big thanks to Spalon 1161 for their event “Ready Set Spalon” on August 8! They raised $155 for Ready Set School, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that Winona County kids have the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. Pictured (L-R): Jessica Schouweiler, Stylist; Heidi Malewicki, Receptionist; Amy Nelton, Stylist; Jessi Darst, RSS Director; Adrienne Geiger, Stylist.