Original source: The Columbian, August 2015

More than 1,700 students and families attended our second annual Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival. The event featured food; entertainment; family-friendly activities; and information about early learning, counseling, health care, housing and other resources. It also provided free immunizations, haircuts and gently used clothing. Approximately 50 district partners from the community were in attendance to provide information and materials.

Go Ready is organized by the district’s network of Family-Community Resource Centers, which provides support for families all school year long. The event is designed to serve the district’s growing number of students and families eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Eligibility for subsidized meals is one indicator of poverty, which can affect readiness to learn.

To learn more, read the full story in The Columbian.