WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Public Schools hosted a back-to-school event at James Blair Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 11, to provide important resources to families in need.
The back-to-school event was a first for the WJCC school division because it was funded by a three-year American Rescue Plan grant valued at approximately $100,000. The grant provides funding for the district’s new “Supporting Parents and Reaching Kids” (SPARK) program.
Thursday’s event was the first SPARK event hosted by the WJCC school division and was designed to set students and parents up for success prior to the start of the upcoming school year.
At the event, parents were able to discover school resources and had access to staff and important information all under one roof. The back-to-school event even included access to community resources like eye exams, haircuts, and medical resources. Families were also able to update their contact information.
“We know we have families who struggle financially,” said WJCC Lead Social Worker Robert Keller. “We’ve received grant monies to support those families this school year. We know this is a great way to give back to the community.”
WJCC says it served more than 50 families in need during the event.
For more back-to-school information and updates, visit WJCC School’s official website.