For  over 25 years, Manchester City Schools’ Family Resource Center has met the needs of some of the area’s most disadvantaged youth. At the heart of that mission is Director BJ Sylvia.

FRC works to give even the most disadvantaged students an equal chance for academic success. It’s a mission of hope and caring.  

“Our Mission for our Family Resource Center is to break down barriers and promote student success in the classroom and in life,” BJ said.

The program now serves approximately 685 students, district wide.

“Our Manchester City Family Resource Center is a place students, families, teachers and staff can find the help they need to solve the smallest to the biggest obstacles our students may face,” BJ said.

 

How it works

The Family Resource Center’s main distribution is the annual WeCARE. First held in 1994, it provides clothes, school supplies and hygiene items each fall before the start of school.  Other programs include regular individual good hygiene classes, big group hygiene classes, parenting classes, coat and food drives throughout the year, Angel Tree (Christmas gift program), Backpack for Kids (providing weekend kid-ready food) and attendance parties and incentives.

Additionally, with the help of community organizations and individuals, FRC aids families with homeless issues, utility bills, rent, motel expense and a range of unique hardships that families may face.

 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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