CVSD Opening a Family Engagement Center

October 18, 2019

Central Valley School District (CVSD) is pleased to announce the addition of a Family Engagement Center at 612 S McDonald to open in the fall of 2020.

“This Center will host many health services that are desperately needed by our students and community,” expressed Debra Long, CVSD School Board member. Providing everything from beneficial afterschool activities to targeted wellness programs aimed at establishing a healthy lifestyle, the Center will provide an array of social services with a focus on mentoring, academic interventions, character building, and citizenship.

“I am so proud to be a member of the Central Valley School Board, where we empower our students and caregivers with the ability to develop engaging relationships with each other and support their family wellbeing.” The Center will also include dedicated spaces for CVSD social workers, the district homeless liaison, and foster care advocate services.

Superintendent Ben Small affirmed, “This facility will provide our Central Valley families a much needed opportunity to access essential services year round. Our community partnerships are what truly make a vision like this a reality.”

With plans to serve over 200 students, the Center will feature Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County as the anchor tenant—providing services to students after school, during holiday breaks and throughout the summer. “It’s just what this area of our community needs,” explained Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Terrie VanderWegen, who stewarded this partnership. “In particular, this Center will help reach young people living in challenging family circumstances. We’ve experienced a great need for these types of services over the years and I’m thrilled that our district is able to work with Boys and Girls Club to help make it happen.”

The Boys and Girls Club has a shared vision for the Family Engagement Center. Executive Director Dick Hanlin, along with the board, staff and longtime supporters are excited to develop a Club in Spokane Valley. “We first started conversations with Central Valley leadership in 2016 about wanting to have a presence there,” said Hanlin. “We’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the initiative, foresight, and energy by so many CVSD folks towards making the dream of a Club in the Valley come true.”

This partnership came to fruition this week when the CVSD School Board and the Boys and Girls Club signed a lease agreement Monday for the partnership to move forward. The Center is located in the former Keystone Elementary, which originally opened in 1970, serving students off and on throughout the years until just recently after temporarily housing students during CVSD’s school construction.

“The neighborhood surrounding the Family Engagement Center and Club is a terrific place for a Club—a location that can impact the lives of kids and teens for years and years to come,” added Hanlin.

Nearby Opportunity Elementary School Principal Mandi Rehn was excited to hear the news, “I’m personally so happy for our families that they will have this opportunity. This will be a place where students feel safe, happy, and have their needs met. A place where parents feel respected, supported, and heard. A local hub for information and resources and a positive reflection of our CVSD community where all will feel welcome.”

Superintendent Small concluded, “This is an opportunity that we could not pass up with our partners in order to provide a positive, reliable place for our youngest community members to be.”

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Spokane Public Radio Story:

https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/post/cv-school-district-open-family-engagement-center