COVID-19 impacted all students last year, but for Bethany*, it changed her whole world.
When she began her senior year, her parent was in the hospital due to the virus. Bethany was working full-time as the only source of income for the home, so she enrolled in a virtual school. She was referred to Communities In Schools of Mid-America to help with basic needs. Bethany quickly formed a bond with the Student Support Coordinator and was able to share openly about her personal struggles. Bethany only had a few credits left to graduate, but work and stress impacted how often she attended class and her ability to get assignments completed. Bethany was failing several classes she had to pass to graduate.
Despite the setbacks, Bethany was determined.
The Student Support Coordinator helped her develop a schedule to balance work and school. Together, they talked to Bethany’s teachers who saw her drive and were all willing to help. It came down to the wire, but with the support of Communities In Schools of Mid-America and her teachers, Bethany graduated on time. The perseverance she demonstrated throughout her senior year will serve her well in her future endeavors.
*Name has been changed to protect the student’s identity. The image is a stock photo.