Service organizations, entertainment, and door prizes were part of a We Are Community event held recently at Vernon High School to bring families together. [CONTRIBUTED]

The Washington County School District held a We Are Community family fun event on May 4 from 10 a.m. -noon at Vernon High School.

The event was held to help strengthen communication and engagement between parents and teachers so students can benefit.  

Melissa Brock’s music students from Vernon Elementary School were the featured entertainment and showcased their talent by utilizing new instruments purchased from the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Grant Program.

Vendors were there to inform the community of the services they offer. Participating this year were The Red Cross, Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Legal Services of NW Florida, Life Management Center’s Mobile Response Team (MRT), Vernon Public Library, Take Stock in Children, Art of Manhood Mentorship Organization, the mental health team of the Washington County School District, and Shepherd’s Gate Church.

Speaker Dr. Donna Austin addressed the parents and provided training packets to educate them on ways to help educate their children with everyday activities and how to effectively communicate with teachers and administrators.  

Several families won door prizes donated by the Washington County School District.