Those looking for resources for students and families with disabilities, mental health concerns or language barriers should consider visiting DeForest next week.

The DeForest Area School District is hosting a Community Resource Fair at Eagle Point Elementary School on Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. After getting suggestions from parents and doing research about resource events, Kerry Johnson, the district’s college and career readiness coordinator, and a staff team began to put together plans for the local event.

“The goal of the event is to provide individuals, students and families with the opportunity to learn more about the various resources that are out there in a convenient location where they are all together,” Johnson said. “It’s like a career fair only it’s for community organizations.”

“Our transition teacher, Melissa Volz, and a school counselor intern, Kari Drotning, have been working hard to put this together,” Johnson added. “It’s been a fun and inspiring experience for all of us.”

The resource fair is intended for students and families with barriers of some kind, from learning and cognitive disabilities to mental health struggles, and those who are not English speakers, according to Johnson. There will be over 30 organizations, including Care Wisconsin, Centro Hispano, Gio’s Garden, Rogers Behavioral Health and REACH Dane, at the event to give information to attendees.

“We’re really excited about how many organizations are on board,” Johnson said.

The Community Resource Fair is open to anyone, regardless of if they reside in DeForest’s school district. Johnson hopes other school districts in the area will host the event, which is planned to be an annual occurrence, in the future. By holding the fair at different places each year, the hope is that more families who may not be able to travel long distances would be able to attend.

Organizations will be set up at booths in the school’s gym. Representatives will hand out materials and talk with attendees, who are free to come and go throughout the event’s timeframe.

There will be childcare provided at the event so parents and students have time to talk with organization representatives. Snacks will also be available.

Though not required, interested individuals and families are encouraged to RSVP. For more information about the event, participating organizations and to RSVP, visit www.sites.google.com/deforestschools.org/resourcefair. The Community Resource Fair will take place at Eagle Point Elementary School, 201 N. Cleveland Ave., DeForest, on April 4, 6-8 p.m.

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