The Title I Department at Lake County Schools, in cooperation with 40 local, state and county organizations, hosted its first annual Families In Transition (F.I.T.) Resource Fair this month at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
The F.I.T. Resource Fair provided homeless families with information on services and resources such as: food pantries, clothing, housing, education, medical services, employment opportunities, family support groups and childcare services. Fifty families attended the resource fair for a day of free fun, food, services, resources and giveaways.
Title I sponsored eight buses to transport many families needing transportation from many schools, including those as far away as Sawgrass Bay Elementary in the unincorporated community of Four Corners, The Villages Elementary in Lady Lake and Spring Creek Charter Elementary in the incorporated community of Paisley
There were more than 150 attendees at the resource fair. Families enjoyed a “Readers of the Caribbean” performance which included audience participation while reading strategies and activities were presented. The “Young Peoples Theatre” from the Baystreet Players also performed.
“Some of the comments from families in attendance were they were not aware that Lake County provided all of these services,” said Liz Bourdon, Director of Title I Department. “That is what this event was all about. Providing the venue and collaborating with all of the organizations and service providers to come together and be available for our Lake County student’s families during this most difficult time and to help them to get back on their feet.”