This was our 2nd year sponsoring the event and boy was it a success, handing out around 1,200 backpacks!
The Back to School Resource Fair provides over 1,500 under-served children and youth with access to free backpacks/school supplies, haircuts, clothing, health information, dental care checks, early learning resources and other community resources. These help ensure the students are ready for their first day of school, immunizations, child ID cards, early learning and community resources as well as food, door prizes and fun things to do for children.
The event started Tuesday with a backpack stuffing at the Matt Griffen YMCA to get the backpacks ready to go. Tarilyn Christensen, Valerie Danforth, David Frasch, Julie Hiller, Elizabeth Phillips, Tom Rolph and Lisa Woods represented the CB Danforth team.
The Back to School Resource Fair was held this past Thursday at the Valley Ridge Park. Jim Brown, Dave Danforth, Maura Larson, Joyce Lowe, Nyla Nakano,
Eileen Quackenbush, Cathy VanDyke and Lisa Woods were there to help distribute backpacks to families in need.
More than 70 percent of students at these schools are on the free/reduced lunch program. A typical cost for the backpack and basic set of supplies range $25-$40. For families with multiple children these supplies can add up, and very often these families make the choice between food and rent/utilities, never having enough for the basics let alone school supplies. This event helps both the students and the families overall.
The Back to School Resource Fair was a success because our employees, their family members, and other businesses from the community gave their support to this event.
Take a look at the full List of the 2012 Sponsors:
â€¢ Bartell Drugs
â€¢ City of SeaTac Fire Fighters
â€¢ City of SeaTac
â€¢ Coldwell Banker
â€¢ Community Health Plan of Washington
â€¢ Exchange Club of Highline
â€¢ Foundation for Early Leaning
â€¢ Highline Athletic Club
â€¢ Highline Public Schools
â€¢ Highline Schools Foundation
â€¢ King County Library System
â€¢ Lutheran Community Services
â€¢ Molina Healthcare
â€¢ SeaTac Park.com
â€¢ SeaTac Rotary
â€¢ SeaTac YMCA
â€¢ Sound Transit
â€¢ Southcenter Pediatric Dentistry
â€¢ Swedish Medical Center
â€¢ Thrivent Financial
â€¢ World Vision
Thank you to everyone that helped out with this important event for the community!
We hope to see you at the first CB Danforth in the Community Golf Tourney on Friday, August 24th, 2012. The event will benefit our CB Danforth in the Community Fund so that we can support the Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Harvest and many other local charities.