On August 17th, the annual LaSalle School Back-to-School Night was held in LaSalle’s gymnasium. Similar to previous years, community organizations (this post will be updated with a listing of participants) were on hand to meet with parents and youth preparing for school. Over 70 prospective students and 45 adults were served a meal similar to a summer cookout and received advice and encouragement from community organizations (this post will be updated with a complete listing of participants).
The youths chose from 85 backpacks donated by CAPCOM FCU and even more contributed by the School Systems FCU. All backpacks were filled with enough school supplies to get each student off to a successful start to the new school year.
Associate Executive Director Anne Moscinski applauded these charitable donations with a needed boost to families assisting LaSalle to distribute supplies to families struggling to provide essentials for their children to start school. In one thank you letter, Ms. Moscinski wrote “we know that families who experience harm and hardship are vulnerable to chronic health, mental health, and daily functioning issues. Feeling supported, retaining their dignity, and helping them be able to meet their children’s needs are key components of supporting family well-being and resiliency.”
Many parents participated in a survey to help LaSalle learn what services parents would like to have available in their communities, make suggestions to help local service agencies improve family participation and identify some of the biggest challenges for parents today. In addition to continually improving communication and wanting more strategies to help them converse with their children, parents desired more interesting activities for their teens and younger children to keep them busy and safe from harm.
The fall term at LaSalle School begins on September 6th.