March 2019: Communities For Families

Posted by SBLSD on 3/25/2019

Superintendent Dent and the School Board honored Communities For Families Coalition (CFF) for their passion, support and commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and families in the Sumner-Bonney Lake area.

Fresh from a successful Community Summit, CFF’s flagship annual event, seven CFF members were on hand to receive the award at the March 20 board meeting. Pictured along with Superintendent Dent and School Board members are CFF Facilitator Marilee Hill-Anderson, Sue Z. Hart, Ryan Windish, David Wells, Arlene Evavold, Barb Bitetto and Judi Richardson.

CFF comprises individuals from about 50 partner organizations representing healthcare/social service industry, faith organizations, service clubs, food banks, city government and public schools, who work tirelessly to remove barriers to learning.

Here are just a few, among many, projects and initiatives CFF embarks upon:

  • Youth Forums: Facilitate sessions at the District’s high schools and middle schools, garnering feedback from about 400 students each year. Volunteers help to identify themes and discussion points, which are often selected as workshop topics for the Community Summit.
  • Community Summit: The 2019 Summit drew a record-number 330 attendees, who participated in workshops that addressed key issues affecting the community: Equity, Vaping, Homelessness and Mental Health.
  • Basic Needs: Identify the most urgent basic needs of our students, families and community, and then create links to resources and services that help meet the needs.

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