San Diego military family got some help preparing for back-to-school season Saturday at an appreciation and enrollment fair hosted by the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).
Throughout the morning at Serra High School, local families received free school supplies on behalf of International Relief, plus enrollment information and guidance from SDUSD reps.
Vanessa Peters, military liaison for SDUSD, said the event was designed to help alleviate some of the stress of back-to-school season for military families.
The resources were especially helpful for families new to the San Diego area, including the McClendon’s.
“This is a blessing,” said Alonzo McClendon, a father enrolling three teenagers at the fair.
McClendon said it’s difficult moving around a lot as a military family, but community events like this make the transition much easier.
His sons, Jamez and Jahmel McClendon, said they were excited about getting some fresh school supplies, plus enrolling for classes in San Diego.
Jamez told NBC 7 he plans to play football and run track in high school here to prepare him for his dream of one day attending UCLA.
Peters said organizers expected approximately 1,000 families to attend Saturday’s event.
San Diego Gas & Electric provided a free BBQ lunch to attendees. Students were also able to receive free immunizations for school if needed.
Representatives from more than 50 other community agencies were also on hand to distribute information and resources to families. This included reps from Military Kids Club, Navy Federal Credit Union, Operation Homefront and Operation BIGS.