Even through the challenges of a pandemic, the Fridley Public Schools community and staff continue to ensure that all students are prepared for a successful school year. To maximize social distancing, the 8th annual District Back-to-School Resource Fair was held in a drive-thru format on Saturday, August 21, 2021.
On hand, Fridley Public Schools had over 400 backpacks filled with school supplies, which were given to Fridley students who attended the event. In addition, families were able to learn about a variety of resources from local community organizations, including Fridley Parks and Recreation, Voigt’s Transportation, and Anoka County.
According to Equity and Inclusion Specialist Aloda Sims, the event provides an excellent outreach opportunity for the district to connect and engage with families and community members. “I love seeing the faces and smiles on our scholars when they arrive to pick out a backpack - It gives my heart so much joy,” she said. “Supporting our families through community-based events like this helps to build partnerships that students can benefit from throughout their time in the Fridley Public School district.”
Partnerships with local organizations, such as St. Philip’s Church, Redeemer Church, Emmanuel Church, and United Methodist Hospital, have continued to benefit students since the Back-to-School Resource Fair began in 2014. Fridley Public Schools staff volunteered their time to fill the backpacks, organize them and hand them out. Thank you to all our community partners and staff members who volunteered to serve. We appreciate your commitment to student success!