Back to School
A new school year is just around the corner.
Do you recall your mother getting you ready to go back to school? Maybe the only thing you remember was how she interrupted your summer play to try on new school clothes or go shopping for supplies. You never saw all the planning, work, and expense that went into getting you ready for a new school year. Perhaps you gained a new appreciation for that effort as you prepared your own children for school each year.
We see that here at the Children’s Home, but not just for one or two children. Between our campuses in Enterprise and Madison, and the foster children under our care, we have to get about 400 children ready for the new school year. They all need school supplies, clothing, electronics, and in some cases uniforms. Nationally, the cost to get a student ready for school averages over $600. And the financial need continues through the year for field trips, science projects, school functions, and extracurricular activities.
Since many of our children are coming to us from situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment, it is common for them to have fallen behind academically. Most of the children are at least a year behind grade level and some are as many as three years behind.
These children need your help. Your gift can help provide the necessary supplies, additional tutoring, and other resources necessary to make them successful. Because of generous gifts from friends like you, we’ve seen success stories like this year’s high school graduation class.
All six of our graduates this year, Antoine, Collin, Donovan, Garrett, Heather and Tyrese, came from troubled homes. They each have their own story of abuse and neglect, and their own experiences of poor school performance before coming to the Children’s Home. But they didn’t let their past hold them back, and it was your support that helped them succeed. You’ve helped them to overcome the issues that would otherwise hold them back.
About half of the children at our Enterprise campus attend our on-campus school, Legacy Scholars Academy. The remaining children attend local Volusia County Schools, while children at our Madison Youth Ranch attend local schools in Madison County. Since many of the children are working below their intended grade level, it takes a great deal of support and work to get them back on track. Because of you, the children receive the academic support, therapy, and loving home-like environment that they need to succeed.
As we continually try to expand the services needed by the children we serve, we are breaking ground in August on the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education Development Center on our Enterprise campus. The new center will include the addition of a kindergarten and will further support foster care families and at-risk children in our community.
We believe all of our children have bright futures, and a proper education is just one of the ways to help them realize their potential. The Lord said in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”