Anoka-Hennepin Cares – Summer Support available for second year

While summer may be a relaxing break for most students, some individuals may suffer more when the structure and support of the school year ends. Because of a concern for their students and families who are struggling, school district officials will once again offer "Anoka-Hennepin Cares – Summer Support" available at 763-433-4695.

The phone number is staffed by Karrie Schaaf, the homeless youth and families liaison. Schaaf is available to talk with students and families who have financial or other concerns and provide information about community resources available to them.

The phone will be answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Select high school food shelves will be open for summer hours as well as the Pathways Program. Through Pathways, a vocational skills technical program, students develop employment skills by stocking and managing food, personal hygiene and clothing donations. Please call the Summer Support line, 763-433-4695, for food shelf locations and hours or to place an order through Pathways.

Families in need of back to school support should mark their calendars for Aug. 6. Champlin Park and Coon Rapids high schools will host "Back to School 2012." The event will feature free backpacks, school supplies and gently used clothing items. Community providers will be available to provide agency information, resources, free haircuts, and health and wellness checks.

Residents of Hennepin County with questions about Back to School 2012 or who would like to make donations to the event can contact Amy Harnack, a CPHS counselor, at 763-506-6852. Residents of Anoka County with questions or who wish to make donations to the event can call Russ Sullivan, a teacher at CRHS, at 763-506-7100. Questions can also be directed to Schaaf at 763-433-4695.