Supplying a New School Year
September 7, 2018
(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)
TACOMA – Back to school is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful for families. Having to get back into the routine, focus on academics, and provide school supplies can be overwhelming.
To help families prepare for the new school year, the Tacoma Community Justice Center hosted a Back to School event. Providing children with quality school supplies is important to the team. Items were purchased from funding through the Offender Betterment Fund.
The event invited children and grandchildren of those under supervision to gain supplies for the upcoming school year. The children started by grabbing a backpack as they entered the room and quickly filled it with supplies from their schools’ recommended supply list. There were also fun and educational activities, such as making slime! Each year, the event averages around 30 kids.
Hosting positive community interaction events like this helps the department in its vision of working together for safe communities and its mission to improve public safety. When individuals release into the community, they usually face financial hardships. Engagement events bring families together in a positive atmosphere while reducing a financial burden.
Back to school events aren’t the only events the Tacoma Community Justice Center hosts for families. At the end of each year, they host a holiday winter festival. The event, featuring Santa, helps kids make ornaments, and at the end, Santa even distributes presents. These events offer families a few hours to have fun together.