D.C. Everest School Board presented with homeless report

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Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 9:46 PM CDT
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With just a few weeks to go before the start of classes, the D.C. Everest School District board met Wednesday night/ Board members and the public were updated on several things including projects, security upgrades and what the upcoming school year will look like for students and staff.

The board also learned about homelessness in the district. Two school social workers were at the meeting, to talk about the issue of homelessness and what it looked like during the past school year. They said there were 130 homeless students, and about 30 in the foster care system.

The social workers work with the students, who are in pre-k through high school, to make sure they are successful academically. Because they're in temporary or transitional housing, they may not be as dedicated to their school work. But with the help of social workers, and a giving community, they're encouraged to return to school the following year.

"It varies. If it's in their control, they absolutely come back, and they are absolutely thrilled to be at school because school is their safe and stable place. School is where they grow and thrive and where they do all the things that they should be doing as kids, as youth. So they do, it makes a difference with what they're doing," said Lisa Morgan, a school social worker within the D.C. Everest district.

The social workers connect with the students and their families to provide resources to help in whatever situation they may be in.

As the start of the school year gets closer, the social workers are emphasizing just how generous the community really is, especially when it comes to groups like Peyton's Promise and Blessings in a Backpack. Those groups really help kids return to school, even if their housing situation is not permanent.