Family Resources assists kids for back to school

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Families and organizations are coming together this weekend to help kids prepare for the start of the school year.  

Hundreds of families and dozens of organizations are coming together this weekend to offer school supplies as well as various free health screenings for the entire family.

This is the fifth annual Family Resources Fair in Erie.  This year, the event is being held at the John F. Kennedy Center on Erie’s east side.  Heather Davis is visiting the event for the first time.  She says she was surprised to see how much information was available to help keep her kids on a healthy path.  “With four kids it’s really hard to get out and make sure you know what resources are available to you in the city. So, when I heard about this, I wanted to see what help we maybe can get”.

Michael Hooks, President of Michael Making Lives Better says, “We have free dental cleaning today.  You can get a flu shot, you can get a physical and different types of screenings; as well as find out information about services you may need now or in the near future.”

In addition to health screenings, families went home with bags full of school supplies and goodies, such as candy and toys.

Community outreach events like this bring resources to families who might not be able to access these services so easily otherwise.  One of the services offered today was free vision screenings.

Shannon Wohlford, Marketing Coordinator for the Sight Center of Northwest PA, tells us, “We love being a part of outreach events in our community.  We like the opportunity to tell people about all the different things that we can do to support someone with a vision issue.  We also have a lot of prevention services, vision screenings and diabetes prevention programs.  So, those are things that impact everyone and we really appreciate being out in the community.”

We asked Davis if she planned to come back next year.  Her response?  “Definitely…. the kids love it.”

This event continues tomorrow at the JFK Center with free hair cuts from 10am to 4pm, and it all wraps up with a 5-k race on Sunday.

Registration for the race begins at 7am at Deihl Elementary School; the race starts at 8.

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