Shayla* was referred to Communities In Schools when she was very young. There are a lot of challenges in the home and the family often struggles to meet even the most basic of needs. At the beginning of the school year, Shayla was withdrawn and often had meltdowns when asked to do assignments. She was always hungry, often needed a bath, and would wear the same clothes multiple days in a row. The Student Support Coordinator helped the family with bills and got Shayla involved with the after-school program. As the trust grew, the Student Support Coordinator learned more about the family’s situation and provided more targeted support for Shayla.
Shayla began participating in a social-emotional learning group and met weekly with the Student Support Coordinator for mentoring sessions. With the help of the Student Support Coordinator, the family made changes as well. Shayla returned to school after the break with clean clothes, happy, and excited to be in class. She raved about spending time with her family and excitedly shared her new routine. The Student Support Coordinator continues to work closely with Shayla to maintain these changes and help her thrive.
*Name has been changed to protect the student’s identity. The image is a stock photo.