To the Editor:
On Saturday August 4th the Fort Madison Kiwanis Club along with countless volunteers held a Back to School Health Fair at the Fort Madison High School. 150 children, ages preschool through 8th grade received free haircuts, DNA swabs, health screening, socks, shoes and backpacks with classroom specific school supplies. Developmental Screening was also done for 3-4 year old children. This was made possible due to donations from the following- Nutra Blend, LLC; United Healthcare Services; Scotts; Lee County Bank; Fort Madison Community Hospital; Connections Bank; Beta Sigma Phi; Larry Kelch-Edward Jones; Shottenkirk Inc.; First Baptist Church; Truck Repair; Pilot Grove Savings Bank; Dave’s Marine; Group Benefits Partners; Johnson Trucking; Pinnacle; B.L.E.T. Division 391;Tri-State Court Reporting; Jim Baier Inc.; Thomas Klann Insurance and Fred Hoenig CPA. This year we also received a grant from United Way. Thanks to Davette and Tina of Hidden Beauty Salon and Rhonda of Midtown Hairstyling Salon for providing haircuts. Many thanks to Iowa Fertilizer Company for purchasing the backpacks. Churches that collected supplies were: Harmony Bible Church; Union Presbyterian; Denmark UCC and First Christian Church. Vendors that participated in providing information for the families were: Counseling Associates; Proteus Inc.; Certified Child Safety Tech Mary Margaret Wagner; Domestic Violence Intervention Program; Lee County Health Department; Girl Scouts; Fort Madison Community School District; Lee County Conservation; Families First; Boy Scouts; Lee County Extension; Great River Waste Authority; Rape Victim Advocacy Program; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Community Action, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Madison YMCA; Fort Madison Library; Iowa Works, Fort Madison Police Department and Alcohol Dependency Services.
Each year we see an increase in the number of children that are needing these services and supplies. If you would like to get involved with next year’s event, contact Dawn Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Hellige email@example.com .
Fort Madison Kiwanis Back to School Health Fair Committee