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mrmcafterschool Left to right: Meadows Regional Medical Center President & CEO Alan Kent; Toombs County Family Connection Director Paige Williamson; Vidalia City Schools Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox; Administrative Assistant/Medical Staff Coordinator Sha'Keema Wooden; Meadows Chief Operating Officer James Nixon; Toombs County Schools Superintendent Barry Waller.

August 15--  Meadows Health donated $15,000 to Toombs County Family Connection in support of community after school programs. The donation, divided between Vidalia City Board of Education and Toombs County Board of Education, will be used for program staffing, bus drivers, background checks, and supplies.

The donation is part of a community effort to sustain the program for a year after the federal grant which funded the effort was denied this year.

“Toombs County Family Connection has written and been awarded three 21st Century federal grants, totaling $4,550,000 in the span of eight years,” said Paige Williamson, Director of Toombs County Family Connection. “We have always been responsible for day to day operations, hiring, and administrative duties while the schools have taken legal and fiscal responsibility, in addition to providing the space for the programs. Our partnerships with our local school districts are strong and that strength has proved to be a major part of why our programs have been so successful in the past.”

“To have our hospital support our efforts to sustain our programs is tremendous,” Williamson added. “Meadows Health recognized the negative impact that displacing 300 students countywide could have on our community, and the toll that it would take on working parents. We are so thankful for Meadows Health’s generous donation to our after school programs.”

“Toombs County Family Connection is an essential organization in the community,” said Meadows Regional Medical Center President & CEO, Alan Kent. “We are thrilled to support their mission of investing in education and expanding opportunities for our young people, understanding the amazing work being done already and the impact these programs have on our children and families’ lives.”

Combined, Toombs County Afterschool and the Vidalia Learning Center programs will continue to serve approximately 250 families during the 2019-2020 school year. This year’s programs will be available from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents submitted applications for after school at all of the schools’ Open House events this year. Parents will be called in the next few weeks if their child was accepted into the program. Both after school programs will begin the Wednesday after Labor Day.