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Manchester City Schools will aid 229 children at the annual WeCARE event Saturday at Westwood Elementary School.
“This is something that we take great pride in doing for our less fortunate students,” said Westwood Elementary and Middle Schools Family Resource Coordinator BJ Fann.
Each year the community pulls together to help the less fortunate students start on an equal footing, said College Street Elementary School FRC director Diane Bouldin.
Fann added that without community support, the WeCARE event would not be possible.
“This is completely community funded,” Fann said. “It costs about $20,000 for us to hold the event.”
Purchasing backpacks, clothes, shoes, school supplies and hygiene items for each of the WeCare children takes the FRC directors almost the whole summer.
“This takes a lot of planning,” Fann said.
In addition to distributing the backpacks, Saturday’s event will include health and service providers that will offer free health screening.
Paul Honeycutt will provide oral exams, Anderson Eye Care, the Lions Club and Walmart Vision Center will provide vision checks, the school nurses will provide hearing checks. This year Jennifer Goodwin with Family Pediatrics will check students for scoliosis; Dr. Mark Superstein will provide podiatric checks along with United Regional Medical Center who will provide height and weight checks.
Service organizations like Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition and Children’s Advocacy Center will have booths setup to provide information to those interested.
“We want to give a big thanks to all the contributors and volunteers who make this possible,” Fann said.
Those interested in making a donation can contact the FRC departments at Westwood, 728-3412, or College St. at 728-2805.