Register now for Back-to-School event: Clothes for the Classroom and Back to School Health Fair

WENATCHEE - Remember when you were in elementary school how important new clothes were on your first day of school? New clothes became a symbol of confidence. Sadly, many children living in our valley will not be able to have new clothes for the coming school year. These children are every bit as worthy to merit a new set of clothes but can’t get them without a little help.

Serve Wenatchee Valley’s Clothes for the Classroom is partnering again this year with Columbia Valley Community Health’s (CVCH) Back to School Health Fair. Together, we will provide free clothes and backpacks filled with school supplies for up to 1,000 area students this August. 

On Saturday, August 12, the shared event will be held at Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church from 8 a.m.-noon in a fair-like atmosphere. In addition to the clothes and backpacks filled with school supplies, there will be other fun activities and many vendors offering resources and giveaways.

“Clothes for the Classroom helps give kids a sense of confidence and pride as they go back to school in the fall.” said Mikael Gavin, Serve Wenatchee Board member and Clothes for the Classroom Event Coordinator. It’s one of my favorite events on the Serve Wenatchee calendar. We are excited to get to hang out with kids again this year knowing that we are a part of giving families a boost that results in great joy.”

There is still time to register children by visiting and clicking on the Online Registration button or call 509-663-4673, until registration is full.

The need for providing these resources to students remains large. We are thrilled to be partnering with CVCH again this year to deliver essential resources to families who need and want them to help them start the year out right.” said Thom Nees, Executive Director of Serve Wenatchee Valley. “Working together with CVCH reveals the power of community.” All the clothes are new, and will be purchased from local stores, Nees said, and we will have about 80 volunteers to set up the week before and help on event day. Serve Wenatchee’s presenting Sponsors this year are Saddlerock EPC and Numerica Credit Union. CVCH’s presenting sponsors are Community Health Plan of Washington, & Molina Health Care.

What to do?

• Parents and guardians in need of this resource can register your children through the end of July or until registration is full, by visiting and click on Online Registration button, or calling SWV, 509-ONE-HOPE (663-4673).

• The public can provide clothes for children K-8 for only $35 per child. A great deal. Visit and look for the Clothes for the Classroom donation link to make this possible.


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