My heart is heavy these days. I worry about my students academic gains and especially their mental and emotional drive. For the past few months, I’ve noticed families who already are marginalized and or live below the poverty level feel less empowered or motivated to push through daily life struggles.
Unfortunately, this directly impacts the students I serve who are enrolled in Communities In Schools.
We often worry about students during the after school hours, but now students are left alone at home 10 or more hours which can cause other issues to occur. I feel it is critical now more than ever to keep our eyes on these students and be more nurturing and patient with them and their families.
Like many other states, children that attend a public or private school in South Carolina goes to school 180 days a year. Young people are most likely to develop skills like problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, and adaptability when they are engaged with complex, real-world challenges every day.
Right now students are reentering school buildings closed since March of this year. Others will open a laptop in their home and log on to their first class and classrooms under even less certain circumstances. This school year, students won’t have the opportunity to spend 180 days in school but you can help Communities In Schools deliver 180 days of critical services to students who need it the most.
Communities In the Midlands program serves over 3,800* youth ages 5-17 who are 200% of poverty. The work we do every day in schools allows us to serve the needs of students that often go overlooked like clean clothes, late arrivals to school, and risky behaviors in school due to lack of sleep at home. Youth who are food insecure and have limited basic resources are at risk for dropping out of school. To identify signs of dropout, Communities In Schools identify, target, and locate resources students need to thrive and learn every day in school and at home.
*2019-2020 Impact Report 3,841 total students served
Many of the students we serve:
Come from a family living below the state poverty rate.
Have a parent who is unable to read and is unable to help with homework.
Are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Are hungry and cannot concentrate in class.
Have special needs that have not been addressed.
Have trouble in school and need tutoring.
Need an adult role model.
Need additional support services to encourage positive behavior.
How your pledge can change the outcome of a student for 180 days
$5,000 provides 5 students with one year of all services and supports
$3,000 assist with funding weekend backpack programs for students with hunger
$1,000 helps to fund tutoring services for students performing below grade level
$500 provides funding for one (1) school site clothing closet with clothes, shoes, hygiene products, and school supplies
$300 provides funding for mentor programs to help improve student study habits and test-taking skills
$180 funds one month of virtual check-ins for a case-managed student