More than 350 students and their families gathered recently at Pasadena Town Square Mall for the annual Community Partnership and Transition Fair, hosted by the Office of Special Programs.
The event welcomed representatives from 79 organizations and businesses who talked with families about helpful services available in the local area.
Typically, the district hosts a series of fairs throughout the school year for families: of students with special needs; involved in the after school program; with homeless and migrant students, and those needing additional resources. This year, the events were combined into one.
“The parents have responded very favorably,” said Gloria Gallegos, associate superintendent of special programs. “They like the idea of having all the service providers in one place. Many of the resources are free so they should be taking advantage of the event. Others are reasonably priced. So it’s a win-win for the vendors and our students and their families.
Mall representatives have been working to rebrand and repurpose the mall to provide more services to families. Brenda De Anda, Pasadena Town Square Mall director of marketing, is optimistic that the fair will help to accomplish these goals.
“This is extremely exciting,” De Anda, said. “Through this event and through our growing partnership with the district, we have been able to let our community know what Pasadena has to offer and what the mall has to offer families.”