Going back to school is not supposed to be traumatic, but it can be quite a stressful time for students, parents, and teachers. Trauma is a complicated part of life and each of us experiences it at some time or another. Research tells us that persons experiencing poverty live with higher levels of trauma, which affects every aspect of our being. South Wayne Elementary, our Study Connection Partner, has 97% of their students living at or below the poverty level. Consequently, they are using a trauma-informed model for their school. Trauma sensitive schools know that the challenges their students face at home significantly impact their behavior and potential to learn. Being mindful of body language, tone of voice, maintaining bright welcoming spaces, and other strategies can help students feel safe and secure. Leading with kindness and a smile establishes a memorable model we all can follow.
The financial strain of buying the basic necessities of clothing and school supplies can be a hardship both for families and for teachers who want their students to feel the dignity of having new clothes and supplies.
Our Study Connection program has proven to be a highly effective way to remind our South Wayne students that they are loved and respected. We are recruiting additional volunteers again this year because we believe that raising healthy, well-educated children is a responsibility we share as a community. Please contact Shirley Jordan, our Study Connection facilitator if you would like to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
O God, give us strength to work hard, guidance to work effectively, words to inspire and nourish, and a spirit of cooperation for our children's greater good.
- Marian Wright Edelman
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