Back, Back, Back to school
Pencils, markers, and glue…
As the calendar approaches August, we all know it means one thing: Back to School! Starting a new school year can be hard for any child, but for kids in care, returning to the classroom can carry additional difficulties. We want to help equip kids in care and the families that serve them to have the very best school year possible.
With that in mind, CFLM has facilitated school supply support for children in Clarke and Oconee counties for the last three years. Compass Community homeschool group reached out to CFLM three years ago wanting to help provide school supplies for kids in foster care. For the last three years, they have helped us do just that! This year, with the help of our donors, Compass Community and CFLM teamed up to purchase school supplies for 63 children in care throughout Clarke and Oconee counties.
In addition, this year the President of the Foster Parent Association in Walton county reached out and asked for assistance. Funding provided through a grant to CFLM, enabled us to purchase 50 backpacks and fill them with supplies. The backpacks were distributed at the Walton County Back to School Bash held at the Walton County DFCS office.
Trauma in the Classroom
Studies show that classrooms are filled with children who have experienced childhood trauma. The CDC ACE study tells us that “almost half the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma.”
In the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study, the ten types of childhood adversity measured were:
physical, sexual, verbal abuse
physical and emotional neglect
a parent who’s an alcoholic (or addicted to other drugs) or diagnosed with a mental illness
witnessing a mother who experiences abuse
losing a parent to abandonment or divorce
a family member in jail
That is certainly a humbling set of statistics, but we believe that with a lot of work from compassionate caregivers, children and youth can begin the hard work of healing from these complex and difficult experiences. Teacher play an integral role in that process. To help equip the classrooms in our community, we’ve provided some helpful links below. Teachers, we want to help you see the need behind the behavior and meet the need, so that you may continue the difficult work of strengthening and stretching young minds. Parents, feel empowered to advocate for teacher by sharing this information with your child’s school.