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 main campus in Enterprise, our Madison Youth Ranch, and the foster children under our care, we have to get nearly 500 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 of this year’s graduates 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. After graduation, they are all planning to continue their studies in areas like automotive repair, business, cosmetology, culinary arts, and law enforcement, just to name a few. These graduates, as well as all of our other children, depend on the generosity of friends like you for the academic support, therapy, and loving home-like environment that they need to succeed.
In an effort to serve additional children in the community, not just those living in our care, we will soon open the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education Development Center. This 20,000 square foot center will be the new home of In As Much, our Montessori-based early childhood education program. In addition to the preschool and kindergarten programs, we will be expanding our after school and summer programs and helping children up to twelve years of age.
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.”