Blythe-Bower Elementary School for the first time hosted a Community Services Fair to let parents know about resources available to local families. Parent Engagement Coordinator Linda Tyler said …
Blythe-Bower Elementary School for the first time hosted a Community Services Fair to let parents know about resources available to local families.
Parent Engagement Coordinator Linda Tyler said there are a lot of needs in the Blythe-Bower community, but she found many parents did not know which organizations were available to help them.
“That’s where this idea came from,” Tyler said. “I wanted to gather as many resources here as I could, so they could see everything in one place. The whole purpose was just to help parents see what is out there.”
Twenty-one different organizations were represented at the event, sharing everything from information on help for homeless families to information on health care services.
The event was held at the start of the school day Tuesday, so parents could visit the fair immediately after dropping their kids off for school.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church administrative assistant Amy Mott, who shared information on the church’s Sack Pack and Cold Weather Shelter programs, said it was “a really good thing” to see a school hosting an event like this.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to get our information out,” said NaCole Massengill, homeowner services manager for Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland. “I think it’s a great way for the school to show that they care about the families.”
The school is already planning a similar event for the fall, and the hope is to hold it in the evening and have even more organizations participate.
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