Vilonia schools holds meeting to help students displaced from tornado

VILONIA (KATV)--Families displaced from April's tornado in Vilonia may want to attend tonight's school district meeting.

School officials want to hear from those families in hopes of providing them with what they need. Before the school comes up with a plan on how to help families, they want to hear what the needs are first.

School starts August 18th for students going to Vilonia Schools and Superintendent, Dr. David Stephens, said he wants to make sure that kids coming back to school feel as normal as possible.

Tonight's meeting is all about what parents need, whether that's buying school supplies or applying for free and reduced lunches. They also want parents to know that if they've relocated temporarily to other towns outside of the district; their child can still attend Vilonia Schools, if the family plans to eventually move back to Vilonia.

Another topic they'll discuss tonight is bus transportation for families temporarily living outside the district.

"Our goal would be that when that child who has already been through a very traumatic event shows up for school the first day of school they are like every other kid, they have the supplies that every kid has, they have their backpack they are ready to go so that when they get here to school they're going to feel comfortable, they are going to feel at home," said Stephens.

If you cannot attend tonight's meeting, or missed it, you can contact the Vilonia School District at (501) 796-2113.