SCHOOLED NIGHT SHES

Second-grader Michael Arriaga, front, Lilian Arriage, a kindergarden pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, back, and their mother, Joanna Arriage, center, get off the bus used to transport families to the Getting Schooled @ Sandy Hook Elementary School event on Sept. 12.

About 250 people attended the first Getting Schooled @ Sandy Hook event held at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg on Sept. 12.

The event was spearheaded by school Principal Robin Shrum and several of the school's instructional coaches. Also helping with the event were Michelle Bixler, director of community development for the Town of Strasburg; Olivia Hilton, Strasburg’s marketing and events coordinator; Shenandoah Film Collaborative Executive Director Dan Feldbusch; Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager and the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce.

After a quick dinner of hot dogs, chips and water, prepared and served by members of the Strasburg Police Department, parents visited their child's classroom while students went to the new gym to watch short films.

A community resource fair was held that provided information about programs offered in Strasburg and Shenandoah County. Groups participating in the fair included Response, Family Promise, Tinkergarten, Town of Strasburg, Girl Scouts, Shenandoah Free Clinic, Family Youth Initiative, Just Because and People Helping People. Items for family goody bags were donated by Sager Realty, Anytime Fitness, Box Office Brewery, State Farm, PASS, Woodbine Farm Market and Route 11 Potato Chips.