There are more than 14,351 homeless kids fighting the odds to receive an education. These homeless kids are in 200 of the 551 Missouri school districts. Of these kids, two percent are unsheltered, 19 percent live in shelters, and the remaining 79 percent are living with friends or relatives.
After the teen flash mob, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said, “Parents need to step up and take care of their children. We, as a government, cannot raise people’s children. You want to have children? You have to take care of them.” Unfortunately, parents aren’t listening.
Now, applause goes out to these kids for trying to stay in school when it may be simpler to drop out. Among the 200 Missouri disctricts are those closer to St Louis: Afton, Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Fox, Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, Hazelwood, Jennings, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindberg, Maplewood, Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, Rockwood, St Charles, St Louis City, University City, Valley Park, and Wentzville.
The St Louis public school district has engaged Deidra Thomas-Murray to review policies and create/update procedures for the District’s Students-In-Transition program, ensuring that homeless children are able to attend school. Thomas-Murray will address the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act that guarantees the following rights to homeless students:
- To maintain attendance at the school of origin (if this is in the child’s best interest), or enroll in the local school where currently residing;
- To receive transportation;
- To receive free meals;
- To receive assistance obtaining needed records and documentation;
- To receive support services and programs for which they are eligible, such as gifted education, children with disabilities, vocational education, and preschool;
- To receive academic assistance through the district’s federally funded Title I program;
- To have parent or guardian involvement in school activities; and
- To maintain enrollment in the current school for the remainder of the school year (with transportation assistance, if needed)
How to get involved, or receive assistance:
Forsaken Generation: Homeless Students in Southeast Missouri.
SLPS District’s Students-In-Transition Program (314) 345-5750.
Five things you can do: Gateway Homeless Services
Lucas House Aid Organization-Non-monetary donations
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