Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FCRC Sponsors Wellsville Back To School Event

Friday – 12 August: The non-profit Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) folks got things started in Wellsville with last Friday's back to school event held at Sell's Auction. The event was for children in pre-school up through the 6th grade, giving away clothes, school supplies, a magic show and feeding them. The Ferro Family Missions participated in the activities.

The FCRC was founded by Executive Director Cindy Slavens and is located in Lisbon. They are the folks that have been running the feeding program two days a week at the Jim Kenney Center. They are funded by grants, business and community donations. They have been running these back to school events all around the county. Their motto is “renewing the family spirit of their educational programs and opportunities across the life spanned”.

Mrs. Slavens told us that the Wellsville area community has been very helpful, especially in putting on this special event for the children. Sell's Auction donated the use of their building on Broadway. John & Toni Sawyer got “Bubby Bear” to stop by for a visit to meet and greet the kids. Pastor Timms of the Bible Baptist Church, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Abigail were handing out school supplies. From the Mayor's office Jennifer Soldano and daughter Gina were helping the youngsters design their own ice cream sundaes. Kodie Ferro was in charge of cooking the hot dogs and Mr. Zap entertained the children with a magic show. From our vantage point the children were having a great time on a hot August afternoon.

Slavens related that the last day for the feeding program is today, August 17. She was uncertain on future programs but stated there is a definite need in the community with Head Start dropping their programs for 4 and 5 year old children. At present she stated they have eight grant applications in progress.

For more information on the FCRC you can visit their web site at or give them a call at 330-420-0044.

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