PARKERSBURG - The Children's Home Society of West Virginia will hold a Back-to-School Open House from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Mid-Town Family Resource Center, 1739 St. Marys Ave.
Staff will offer hot dogs, ice cream and school supplies to those who need them. Other free items to be given away include books and other miscellaneous items.
The open house also be an opportunity for parents of McKinley Elementary School students to enroll or re-enroll their children in the after-school program.
The agency has provided an after school program to students at McKinley since 2007. Serving an average of 24 children a day, the program offers academic assistance, recreation and social enrichment opportunities. Girl Scouts and 4-H also are offered as part of the program's curriculum.
A component of the agency's Mid-Town Family Resource Center, funding for the program has been provided through a variety of grants including the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), The United Way of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Our Community's Foundation, the Ross Foundation, the McDonough Foundation and private donors. Parent fees and staff-conducted fundraising events also help pay for operation costs.
The program, set to begin the first day of school on Aug. 23, will be available Monday through Friday from school dismissal until 6 p.m. The fee-based program offers assistance with program costs to parents who qualify for subsidized funding. Parents who need child care while they are working or attending college can apply through Choices, the local Child Care Resource and Referral Service.
If You Go
What: The Children's Home Society of West Virginia annual Back-to-School Open House.
When: 4-6 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Mid-Town Family Resource Center, 1739 St. Marys Ave. in Parkersburg
For more information or to enroll a child in programming, call 304-485-0650 or visit www.childhswv.org.
To enroll a child or for more information, contact Lisa Weaver, program specialist at Children's Home Society of West Virginia, at 304-485-0650. To learn more about the society, visit www.childhswv.org.