One Saturday in early August, we had a Back to School Party for Family Housing generously provided by a group from Silver Leaf Lodge. The group grilled hot dogs, fried fish, set up a bouncy house, invited clowns, and brought backpacks and school supplies for our families. We even had a surprise visit from the DeKalb County Police Department who came to talk to the children about safety and let them sit in the police car.
For the past few weeks, the families in Family Housing have been preparing for the upcoming school year by gathering uniforms and school supplies, completing registration forms, arranging transportation and child care, and getting medical check-ups. Everyone is excited about the new school year, but change and transition can be hard for our kids, because they have often experienced instability before coming to UMCH. Out of our 32 children in Family Housing, 17 of the children began school on August 13. Five of our school-age children started Kindergarten. 16 of the children began at a new school.
The children have reported that they are enjoying their first week of school and that they feel prepared to start the school year. Each morning and afternoon, the school bus pulls onto our campus and our 17 children get onto the bus, excited about their new backpacks and ready to learn. The only complaints I have heard is that school is too easy so far!
Thanks to the generosity of those who have provided monetary donations, school supplies, backpacks, time, and energy, the children in Family Housing are ready and confident to begin a new school year!
Co-Coordinator of Family Housing