Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back-to-School event prepares students, parents for the new school year

Hundreds of students and parents got a jump start on the new school year at the Back-to-School event held Saturday, Aug. 24, at Lincoln High School. Attendees enjoyed free educational workshops, entertainment, activities and giveaways.

Workshops covered everything from healthy eating habits and child nutrition to San Diego Unified’s new graduation requirements that call on all students to pass the sequence of classes needed to apply to a CSU or UC university. Parents of students with disabilities had the opportunity to learn how they can navigate their child’s individualized education plan (IEP), a personalized blueprint that is established for students with disabilities.

An information fair connected attendees with schools and community organizations that provide much needed programs and services for the entire family. Free continental breakfast and lunch were served to all participants. Children who attended received a free sack pack filled with school supplies, thanks to the Office Depot Foundation.

Numerous community and business partners came together in support of the event, including UpForEd, Walmart, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and the San Diego Education Association. Special thanks to Board of Education Trustee Marne Foster for spearheading the effort.