This Saturday, March 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm., over a dozen organizations and agencies will converge at Washington School for a Resource Fair hosted by New Zion Baptist Church. While the Resource Fair is taking place there will be activities for children and families to enjoy. The purpose of the event is to connect families in the community with a variety of resources available that are useful but often underutilized. It will also be an opportunity for parents to get information about and sign their children up for various

In celebration of Holy Week 2016 the children in attendance will be treated with a Treasure Hunt, games, and crafts designed to help them understand what the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is all about. The children will also get to decorate their own holiday cookies. Prize drawings will take place every 30 minutes. Free family photos will be taken.

According to Pastor K. Edward Copeland, “While the children are having fun we have brought over a dozen different agencies and organizations that provide services to families under one roof. Legal, financial, educational, youth services and mentoring, home buying, mental health, and agency representatives from so many more areas that impact families will be there. Our keyword this year is RESTORATION. This is part of ongoing effort to restore families and restore community.”

Organizations/Resources that have confirmed their participation: YMCA RAISE/Achievers (mentoring program) Kingdom Realty
Family Counseling/Youth Services Network Children’s Home & Aid (CHASI) (Adoption/Foster Care) HomeStart (info/programs for new homebuyers) Rockford Park District Offices of Dr. Saeed (Local Dentist) Prairie State Legal Services WABONGO Leadership Council Rosecrance Retirement Planning Services Miles Memorial AME Chess Club Irvin Select (travel basketball team and mentor) New Zion Tutoring Club (free tutoring) Winnebago County CASA (Court Appoint Special Advocates) Rock Valley College

This event is free and open to the public.

Washington Gifted Academy is located at 1421 West St.., in Rockford. For more information, visit the church on the web at www.newzionrockford.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/newzionrockford, or call (815) 964-3114.