On Sept. 1, Ancient Lakes served as the site for an evening of learning that’s become a tradition for the Quincy School District.
Quincy School District’s annual benefits fair brings resources and information to school district staff every year, and has done so for almost a decade and a half.
The benefits fair started almost 15 years ago by QSD Payroll Officer Mary Medrano.
She started it so the QSD staff could know what kind of services they had available to them in the community and how they can benefit, Medrano said.
The benefits fair is available to all district staff so they can know their options in aspects of their lives such as retirement, insurance policies and continuing education.
Businesses and groups from all over Central Washington came and lined the ALES gym with tables full of pamphlets and freebies, as well as some light refreshments for those in attendance.
Some of those groups included Draggoo Financial Group, Quincy Community Health Center, Quincy Recreation Department, Aflac, KeyBank and more.
Medrano said that the event tends to have better vendor attendance, but many companies played it safe this time when it came to sending their representatives, given the surge in COVID-19 cases.
“All things considered, I think it went great,” Medrano said. While there were no new vendors at the fair this year,
Medrano said there were a lot of vendors and that a lot of staff showed up.
Amey Trujillo, Parent Liaison for Ancient Lakes Elementary said that she attended the benefits fair because of the great information and resources for staff members, fun raffles and to connect with employees from other buildings that they don’t normally see.
“We are grateful that vendors come out to the benefits fair to inform us on all the options available to us,” Trujillo said.
A table for the Grant County Health District also offered COVID-19 vaccines for attendees who wished to be vaccinated.
Physician Assistant Certified India Wolfendale, the primary medical clinician at the QHS Student Health and Wellness Center, made an appearance at the Quincy Community Health Center table to get to know district staff better and introduce herself to members of the community, she said.