Area Homeless Education Programs swamped with influx of homeless students


MOISTURE IS BEING BROUGHT INTO THE REGION. THIS WILL HELP KICK OFF A FEW SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS IN THE TERNOONS, BUT INLY IN THE UNTAINS.MORE MOISTURAO ANS MORE HUMIDITY. WILL CONNUE TO FEEL THE MUGGINESS GROW OVER THE NEXT FEW YS. ME LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS SAY AN CREASG NUMBER OF THEIR STUDENTS ARE NDERED HOMELESS AND THEY’RE WORKING TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED HELP. GOOD EVENGI’M SARA DIAMOND. D’M JOSH SMITH. IS A STRESSFUL MFOR NDREDS STES — ICH CAN HAVE A SIGNIFICT PACT ON THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS. CURRENT STATISTICS RELEASED BY SOME AREA SCHOOL SYSTEMS SHOW THEY’RE ON PAR TO REACH THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS STUDENTS HELPED DURING THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR. PHEBEN KASSAHUN SHOWS US HOW AREA PROGRAMS ARE WORKING TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO STUDENTS WHO NEED IT MOST. STANDUP: JOSH AND SARA, IT’S WEEK 4 FOR MANY STUDENTS IN THE TRI-CITIES, AND HOMELESS EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE SWAMPED WITH KEEPING UP WITH THE NEED OF HOMELESS STUDENTS. IT’S A BURDEN NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO FACE: HOMELESSNESS. SYDNEE DEBUSK “THEY LACK A FIXED REGULAR NIGHTTIME RESIDENCE. WHETHER THEY’RE COUCH SURFING IN A REGULAR MOTEL LAST YEAR – JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS SERVED 256 HOMELESS STUDENTS. THIS YEAR – STUDENTS HAVE ONLY BEEN IN SCHOOL FOR A MONTH AND THE HOMELESS EDUCATION PROGRAM HAS SURPASSED 100 STUDENTS. SYDNEE DEBUSK “WE TYPICALLY MAKE CONTACT WITHIN 24 HOURS THAT WE RECEIVE THE REFERRAL. WE MEET THEM, WE KIND OF TALK ABOUT THE SITUATION, WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE AND THEN FROM THERE WE JUST KIND OF ADDRESS PRIORITIES.” 12 STUDENTS ARE SERVED FOR THE ENTIRE REST OF THE YEAR, ONCE THEY ARE IDENTIFIED AS HOMELESS. SYDNEE DEBUSK “WE DO HAVE SOME ROLLOVER KIDDOS THAT ARE SERVED SCHOOL YEAR, AFTER SCHOOL YEAR BECAUSE THEIR SITUATION DOESN’T CHANGE BUT IT GOES BY THE SCHOOL YEAR.” AND WITH THE NEED ALSO GROWING IN CARTER COUNTY, THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS TURNED THE PART-TIME COORDINATOR POSTION INTO FULL-TIME. ALLISON TIMBS “WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME ACCESS TO EDUCATION AS ALL OTHER KIDS.” 05 SO FAR — CARTER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS SERVING 42 HOMELESS STUDENTS. LAST YEAR’S YEAR-END TOTAL WAS 100. ALLISON TIMBS “WE LIVE IN A VERY RURAL AREA, SO POVERTY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS. LAST YEAR, WE ALSO WORKED WITH FAMILIES WHO WERE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATIONS AND FAMILES WHO WENT THROUGH NATURAL DISASTERS, SUCH AS FLOODING OR HOUSE FIRES.” 13 NEW THIS YEAR – IS THE “HOPE ROOM”, AT CARTER COUNTY SCHOOLS. IT HOLDS BASIC NEEDS FOR STUDENTS IN NEED. ALLISON TIMBS “WE’LL HAVE ON HAND CLOTHES, SHOES, HYGIENE ITEMS, BASIC HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, FOOD. TIMBS SAYS HOMELESS STUDENTS TEND TO STRUGGLE WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY CAUSING CLASSROOM STRUGGLES. ALLISON TIMBS “SO, WHEN WE’RE ABLE TO STEP IN, HELP MEET THOSE NEEDS, YOU REALLY CAN SEE THE RELIEF AND THE JOY OF BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THINGS LIKE THE CLOTHES OR SCHOOL SUPPLIES.” STANDUP: ITEMS ARE ACCEPTED BASED ON THE CURRENT NEED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH DONATIONS – YOU CAN REACH OUT TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR A COMPLETE LIST. REPORTING IN JC. PHEBEN KASSAHUN. NEWS CHANNEL 11. WE’RE LEARNING MORE TONIGHT ABOUT THE TIMELINE AND

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