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Bedford City Schools opens resource room to help families

Goal is to remove obstacles from learning
Bedford City Schools Community Resource Room
Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 18:41:25-05

BEDFORD, Ohio — The pandemic has made it difficult for some families to make ends meet. That’s why The Bedford City School District has set up a Community Resource Room inside Bedford High School.

It is stocked with supplies that families and children might need — food, clothes, shoes, school supplies, even a washer and dryer, donated by the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland, to help families.

“Kids often don't come to school, the attendance rate goes down if they don’t have clean clothes to wear,” said Nicki Resnick with the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland.

The district also received CARES Act funds to buy items to help the families of their students.

Students often carry problems from home into the classroom and the district is hoping this can help the children focus on their education.

“The focus is to make sure they’re ready to learn,” said Faith Gordon, a social worker with the Bedford City Schools.

Starting Wednesday, the room will open by appointment to families of school children.

”Every Wednesday we will be open from 9 until 4 and families can set up an appointment to come in,” Samuel Vawters, Asst. Director Student Services.

Families in need should call their child's school and ask to speak with a social worker to make an appointment.

The district would eventually like to open it to the entire community in the future.

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