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WNB Pool Party Concert

Join us Friday, July 14 for the annual Winona National Bank Pool Party Concert! Free admission to the Bob Welch Aquatic Center from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Games, prizes, and music by Rip – Roaring Entertainment and the famous $1 hot dog lunch. All proceeds benefit Ready Set School. Pre-order group lunches by calling 507-454-8800 before Wednesday, July 12. Click here for more info.


Free Summer Lunch Program through Winona Park & Rec

All lunches are served from 12-1pm. Program runs June 13-August 19. Open to all ages. No lunches June 17, July 4 & August 8. East Rec Center membership (free!) is required. Weekly Lunch Locations: Mondays: East Rec Center – Family Style Tuesdays: Sobieski Park – Picnic Style Wednesdays: East Rec Center – Family Style Thursdays: Sinclair Park – Picnic Style Fridays: East Rec Center –

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PLAY Group Donation Received

Big thanks to Parents for Lewiston Altura Youth (PLAY) for presenting Ready Set School with a check for $1,000! Pictured left to right: Heather Reps, Co-volunteer Coordinator; Emily Tweten, Volunteer Coordinator; Shannon Gunnarson, President; Jessi Darst, RSS Director; Heather Lande, Secretary; Katie Simon, Vice President. Not pictured Sara Daley, Treasurer.


Black Students & Allies Donation

Black Students & Allies of St Mary’s University presented Ready Set School with a generous end-of-year donation check for $400! Pictured are (left to right):  Daniel Olajonlu (President of BSU), Tatiana Jones (Vice President of BSU), Jessi Darst (RSS Director), and Alex Redd (Member of BSU).


“Ready Set Downtown” Event Was a Success!

The First Annual “Ready Set Downtown” event on April 11 brought in a whopping $856.54!! All proceeds will be used to help Winona County students prepare for the upcoming school year. Big thanks to all the downtown businesses that made this possible : Yarnology, Blooming Grounds, Winona Bread & Bagel, Sammy’s Pizza, Nate & Ally’s Frozen Treat Creations, Beno’s Deli, Baker Shoes, and Heart’s Desire.


Good Sport Donation Received

Big thanks to Freddy and Myrna Perez of Good Sport Bar & Grill for hosting Ready Set St Charles on May 8th. They presented us with a check for $120! Thanks also to the many who ate cheeseburgers for a good cause. All donations received by May 31 will go to Winona County students as they prepare for Fall 2017.


Winona Agency Donation Received

Winona Agency held “Jeans for a Cause” at their office on Friday April 28, with employees donating $5 to wear jeans to work. They raised a total of $316 and donated it to Ready Set School! What a fun, easy way to support Winona County students! Pictured in front are Jessi Darst of Ready Set School and Susan Peterson of Winona Agency. Second row

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Ready Set St. Charles Event

Join us Monday May 8 from 5pm-9pm at Good Sport Bar & Grill in St. Charles! 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Ready Set School to help Winona County students get the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. Good Sport is located at 149 E 6th St, St. Charles.


Merchants Bank Donation Received

Merchants Bank generously donated $500 to this year’s Ready Set School Fundraising Campaign, which runs through May 31. All donations received will help Winona County kids prepare for the upcoming school year. Pictured are (L) Greg Evans, Merchants Bank President/CEO, and (R) Jessi Darst, Ready Set School Director.


Bloedow Bakery Donation Received

“Ready Set Donuts” was a sweet success! Bloedow Bakery presented Ready Set School with a check for $331.48. All donations received help Winona County kids prepare for the upcoming school year. Pictured are (L) Jenny Kanne of Bloedow Bakery and (R) Jessi Darst, Ready Set School Director.