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WKU partners with community groups for 5th Annual Services Fair

WKU is collaborating with Warren County Public Schools and Community Action of Southern Kentucky to address the medical needs of individuals in the community who have limited access to health care services due to barriers related to language, transportation and/or income.

The Warren County Services Fair was started by WCPS in 2012. WKU faculty and students now play integral roles in this community-wide effort designed to benefit all international families living in Bowling Green/Warren County. The 5th Annual Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at Cumberland Trace Elementary School.

This event encompasses the very best of the community coming together. A diverse group of children will be engaged in outdoor activities facilitated by Bowling Green Parks & Recreation with the assistance of WKU’s Recreation Administration students and faculty.

Families from more than 20 countries will partake in a trade show inside the gym where they will be introduced to city/county agencies and organizations meant to increase their sense of acculturation and belonging in the community. A variety of languages will be heard throughout the school, where interpreters will facilitate communication between participants and medical providers such as: SKY Pediatric Dentistry, the Community Clinic/Commonwealth Health Corporation, WKU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and School of Nursing, the Medical Center Health & Wellness Clinic and the Bowling Green Lions Club.

WKU’s focus on student engagement and international reach will be evidenced in this community event where faculty and students from numerous departments, along with community partners, will be onsite providing a variety of services to our local families with immigrant and refugee status.

Contact: Skip Cleavinger, Director of English Learner Programs for Warren County Public Schools, (270) 904-4059

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