Teen Expo was held Aug. 1 at Coffee County Central High School. Pictured are core leaders, Michelle Smith, Angela Gribble, Cindy Nowlin, June Fann, Erin Dobson, Sarah Walker, Katrina Wright, Nicole Carney, Michelle Vaughn, Sawyer Vaughn, Taylor Rayfield, Paul Parsley, Dr. Joey Vaughn, Connie Heatherly, Anthony Baker, Tim Knox and Shannon Martin.

By Rebekah Hurst, editor After months of planning and preparation, the inaugural Teen Expo event held at Coffee County Central High School Saturday, Aug. 1 was a complete success, organizers say. Stations were set up around the gym and throughout CHS where volunteers and organizations offered information on school and community services available, as well as providing much needed school supplies, backpacks and vouchers for shoes. Vision checks were performed by members of the Lion’s Club and haircuts were even given by hair stylists in the cosmetology classroom. Meals were also provided. “What a great event for our students and our community,” said Dr. Joey Vaughn, CHS principal.   “Teen Expo was a perfect example of what a community that is full of caring people can do when there is a need. We were able to help almost 200 students and their families due to the support of our school family and community.” “Teen Expo has been an excellent venue to provide our students the tools they need for a successful school year,” added Angela Gribble, Coffee County Raider Academy principal. As coordinators of the event, Taylor Rayfield and June Fann were instrumental in the success of Teen Expo through their outreach and fundraising efforts and they praise the community for its support. “The inaugural Coffee County Teen Expo was truly a remarkable day for our students and community,” said Rayfield. “A simple ‘thank you’ is not enough to the Manchester community for making this an astounding success. Humbled by the continuous support, we look forward to a larger event next year.”