More than 1 million public school students in the United States have no room to call their own, no desk to do their homework, no bed to sleep in at night. Students experiencing homelessness can struggle to stay in school, to perform well, and to form meaningful connections with peers or adults. Ultimately, they are much more likely to fall off track and eventually drop out of school more often than their non-homeless peers.
The educational challenges associated with homelessness are broad and extend to every corner of a child's life. Without consistent access to adequate food, shelter and safety, students are often too hungry, tired and stressed to keep up in the classroom. Many times, hidden in plain sight, homeless students are present in our classrooms, programs, and communities, and they need our help.
The Mineral Wells Rotary recently provided a significant grant to the high school to help reach out to our homeless population. These funds will be used to provide the basic needs for these students throughout the school year. It is another way to tackle the challenges homeless students face head on.
On Monday, January 15th, the Board of Trustees honored the Mineral Wells Rotary Club as the January Partner in Education for providing funds that will provide a lift to our students in need.