A new school year brings excitement, sparked by the thrill
of back-to-school shopping. However, for many at Redwood Elementary School and
the surrounding West Valley community, the start of the school year instead
means added expenses and overwhelming stress to somehow make ends meet.
Molina Healthcare of Utah recently partnered with Redwood
Elementary, Granite Education Foundation, and Salt Lake City Mission to host a
back-to-school event, aiming to reach more in the community and alleviate
back-to-school burdens. The event provided hundreds of families and individuals
with basics from school supplies and haircuts to immunizations and mental
Inside Redwood Elementary, each student got a haircut and picked
up a new pair of shoes and new backpacks filled with school supplies to kick
off the year. Students also received resources from the YMCA, Community Nursing
Services, Salt Lake County Libraries, and West Valley City.
Outside the school, adult community members received new shoes
and haircuts, plus food, face painting, and bounce houses for all to enjoy.
West Valley City Police and Fire departments also provided resources and truck
“Molina Healthcare of Utah is pleased to provide a new pair
of shoes, socks, and underwear to all 610 Redwood students,” said Brandon
Hendrickson, president of Molina Healthcare of Utah. “Molina is committed to
ensuring that children have the necessary resources for a good education. We
are proud to be a part of an event that connects families with a variety of
services, making Salt Lake City stronger.