The back-to-school rush is on and members of the Antioch Unified School District are busily preparing to welcome the students and families we are privileged to serve.

One of our central goals in the Antioch Unified School District is to build inclusive school communities. We want our schools to be places where everyone -- regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status feels welcomed and valued. We envision schools wherein differences are seen as valuable assets and each member of our school community comes together to positively resolve issues. While we still have a long way to go to fully realize this goal, we are seeing positive change one relationship at a time.

This past school year, we have worked diligently to bring services to the students and families in our community. We hope that in doing so, student, parents, and staff will better understand that we care about and value their participation in our schools.

Starting last fall, we were able to bring much needed health care services to our students by providing mobile health clinics at both of our comprehensive high schools and two of our elementary schools. As of June 4, 533 students have taken advantage of this opportunity to receive free health care. These resources will once again be available during the 2013-14 school year. For more information, please visit our website.

Additionally, we have worked diligently to apply for all grants related to nutrition services so that we now provide breakfast, second chance breakfast, lunch, after-school snack, and dinner to many of the students in our schools. Furthermore, we also provide breakfast and lunch during the summer months so that our students have access to nutritious meals even when school is not in session. Most recently our District received an additional $35,000 grant to support the expansion of District breakfast programs.

This year we are looking forward to hosting a Community Resource Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Antioch Middle School. Thirty local agencies will provide information and resources on topics such as child care, employment options, counseling services, preschool, special education, volunteer opportunities, tobacco cessation and dependency, youth development, homeless and foster youth support, voter registration, nutrition and various other topics.

Our District's commitment to the families and students we serve is unwavering. We know that there is much work to be done, but we are thankful to be doing it alongside some of the most caring and devoted families, talented educators, and community leaders

Hope to see you at the fair!

Dr. Donald Gill is superintendent of Antioch Unified School District.