Woodland Public Schools’ Back to School Bash provides hundreds of free backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need

Families picked up backpacks, visited with representatives from local resource agencies, and munched on free snacks provided by the district’s nutrition services department

Hundreds of Woodland students received free backpacks filled with school supplies at Woodland Public Schools’ fifth annual Back to School Bash on Saturday (Aug. 21).

Representatives from local organizations were on-hand to provide information about free resources available to families. Photo courtesy of Woodland School District
Representatives from local organizations were on-hand to provide information about free resources available to families. Photo courtesy of Woodland School District

This year’s event was held outdoors to accommodate pandemic restrictions and saw great attendance. Families picked up backpacks, visited with representatives from local resource agencies, and munched on free snacks provided by the district’s nutrition services department.

The district's Nutrition Services department provided free snacks (Director Laura Perry, far right, helps distribute snacks and water bottles). Photo courtesy of Woodland School District
The district’s Nutrition Services department provided free snacks (Director Laura Perry, far right, helps distribute snacks and water bottles). Photo courtesy of Woodland School District

Gabrielle “Gabby” Meador, Woodland Public School’s coordinator for its Family and Community Resource Center, organized this year’s Back to School Bash by lining up donors and volunteers while organizing the myriad of other details required for the event’s ongoing success. “We are so grateful to our community partners who attend the event as well as those who donate funds and supplies for our Back-to-School Bash,” she said. “We received so much support from our communities including all of our wonderful volunteers.”

Woodland Public Schools provided hundreds of free backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need at this year's fifth annual Back-to-School Bash. Photo courtesy of Woodland School District
Woodland Public Schools provided hundreds of free backpacks filled with school supplies to students in need at this year’s fifth annual Back-to-School Bash. Photo courtesy of Woodland School District

In addition to free backpacks filled with school supplies for all students, every attendee also had the opportunity to enter a free raffle for door prizes provided by many businesses in and around the Woodland area. The key to the event’s success lies in teamwork, collaboration, and organization. “This year’s event seemed to run very smoothly, especially since we’ve been putting this on for a few years now,” said Meador. “Watching students and families having fun and exploring the various resources on-hand was very exciting!”

Photo courtesy of Woodland School District
Photo courtesy of Woodland School District

In order to achieve its goals, the FCRC relies on the support of local businesses and community organizations. “We couldn’t offer the programs we do without the generous support from our local organizations and community members,” said Meador. “Watching the community rally around helping those among us in need is extremely gratifying.”

Photo courtesy of Woodland School District
Photo courtesy of Woodland School District

About Woodland Public Schools’ FCRC

The Woodland Public Schools Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) provides resources and services to students and their families in need who live in either Cowlitz or Clark counties.

To find more information about the free services offered by the FCRC or to learn ways you can support the FCRC, visit the Woodland Public Schools website at www.woodlandschools.org/fcrc or call the FCRC directly at (360) 841-2718.

Learn more about how Woodland Public Schools educates our students and serves the community, by visiting the dedicated news webpage at www.woodlandschools.org/news/wsd

Information provided by Woodland School District.

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