Sequim’s annual Back to School Fair got a remodel this year — this one, on wheels.
Dozens of volunteers handed out school supplies, backpacks, books, information, food and smiles at Helen Haller Elementary School and the Sequim Boys & Girls Club on Aug. 29, seeking to help Sequim school students and their families be prepared for the new school year.
Normally held indoors at the club, the fair was shifted to a “drive through” style event due to COVID-19 health restrictions and concerns.
Janet Gray, resource development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Olympic Peninsula and fair committee member, said volunteers gave out 615 supply bags and counted 280 vehicles at the event.
Gray said organizers ran out of supplies at 1:30 p.m. (the event was scheduled to run through 2 p.m.) after serving about 100 more families than anticipated.
“The community donated over $10,000 and we reinvested every cent,” she said. “The late donations that trickle in will be used to get supplies for distribution through the schools, teachers and club as needed.”
Along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and Sequim School District, fair partners included Sequim Kiwanis, Parenting Matters Foundation/First Teacher, Sequim Community Helping Kids and the United Way of Clallam County.