PITTSBURG — Communities in Schools worked as a keeper of families of Pittsburg USD 250 students during an event on Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Activity Center.

The event brought in 12 different community agencies along with volunteers from PSU Enactus.

Agency representatives provided information to the families about their services at separate booths during the event. This not only brought parents to resources, but connected resources to each other. The organizations may find ways to work together to help the community, CIS Child and Family Well-being Project Manager Katie Adam said.

Adam said these resources may help children stay in homes by decreasing the likelihood of neglect and other issues related to a lack of resources.

“CIS believes not only in keeping kids in schools, but keeping kids in families,” Adam said. “When we strengthen families, we build stronger communities.”

These resources vary from transportation to diapers.

She said CIS is able to connect with more families in the school district because the organization now has site locations at all of USD 250’s schools.

“It says a lot for USD 250, if it wasn’t for their support we wouldn't able to reach the community,” Adam said.  

CIS finds out what needs could be improved through assessments and parent and faculty surveys, Adam said.

She said one of the top needs was parent involvement, especially in the elementary schools. The event was a way to do just that.

The parents had the opportunity to participate in a raffle, and many of the families left with prizes and other various goods to benefit their families.

Adam said the event’s turn-out was not as expected, with flu and transportation issues, the number was lower than planned. Next year, CIS plans to change the date, possibly hosting the event later in the spring or fall, and work on ways to give families an opportunity to come to the event.

Adam thanked the school for its support and applauded PSU Enactus for their assistance during the event.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.