The Clarke County Development Corp. unanimously voted to donate $2,000 to the Clarke Back to School Wellness Fair at their July 14 meeting.
Over $1,200 has already been raised this year by Clarke Elementary to go toward the Back to School Wellness Fair 4-7 p.m. August 12. School supplies are packaged for this event, 20 per grade level and any extras are split between the buildings. Community partners also come and give dental and vision screenings, Clarke County Public Health will have a booth to offer immunization checks and immunizations to children who qualify. Free hair cuts will be offered.
“We offer free hair cuts because we want the kids not only feeling prepared with the things that they need when they walk in but we also want them to feel confident and positive and feel good about starting the school year,” said Becca Kedley, Elementary Vice Principal.
The Clarke School Food and Clothing pantry will be open and the Clarke Booster Club will be selling Clarke gear. Banks will have booths to talk about financial literacy, Clarke County Hospital will have a booth to talk about health and wellness as well.
“It’s an opportunity to think about the whole child and what the child as a whole needs to be successful. We need to take care of the whole child,” said Kedley. “It’s really just an event to get different people from the community and different resources out to the community members so they know what’s out there in terms of mental health, physical health and everything like that.”
This year is the third year that Clarke has put on their Back to School Wellness Fair. At the last event around 200 children and 90 families turned up to participate.
The Village Early Childhood Center needs a new roof and showed the CCDC three bids while asking for a grant. The CCDC grand committee voted to give The Village up to $25,000 to go toward a new roof and guttering.
A demolition grant for 50% of the project was approved for a project on County Club Drive. demolition grant funds to go the contractor of the project.