Where do you turn when your child needs help? Whether your little one is having trouble with reading or your whole family is dealing with a health or financial crisis, there is someone who can help or who can guide you to the resources you need. The Steckel Elementary School is a great first place to start. Community organizations, the YMCA, churches, temples, synagogues often can be lifesavers as well. Here's a start on where to look for different types of help:Tutors Make a DifferenceMentors and Big Brothers/Sisters
Working to Overcome
Maybe your family is undergoing some serious changes, like a move, a divorce, a financial crisis, or a serious illness or death. Perhaps your child is being bullied, or is bullying others. Maybe your child is having difficulty concentrating in the classroom or when doing homework, or seems to be withdrawn. Or perhaps you just sense that something is wrong. Turn to your school guidance department. They confidentially work with students and families, teachers, principals, and others to help children cope better and become more emotionally healthy.
There is such a thing as a free lunch:
When families find themselves in hard times, financially, their children don't have to worry about going hungry during the school day. Schools offer free and reduced-priced lunches for children whose family incomes are below a certain level. And, of course, the Dept of Health and Human Services Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (welfare) can make all the difference when things look their bleakest. Ask your child's school counselor or the school secretaries (Mrs. Brensinger or Mrs. Frankenfield) for information and assistance signing your child up.
All families face challenges in one form or another, and finding available resources can help ease the burden. Don't be afraid or ashamed to approach your child's school staff to assist you when times get tough. It will benefit both you and your children