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Making Connections: helping new families navigate our schools and community

posted Dec 18, 2012, 9:29 AM by Maria Geueke
Did you know that children who transfer into a school district have a higher dropout rate and are less connected to school?  How can we assist new neighbors in making the transition and supporting everyone's success? 
If you have ever moved into a new community, you know how disorienting and overwhelming it can be, and even more so if English is not the primary language. Where is the post office? Where can I get flu shots for my kids? How do I get there without a car? Where do I go to register my kids for school? Where do I find quality, affordable childcare? What affordable housing is available?
The Partnership will be implementing a pilot program, Making Connections, which will pair new families with a buddy who will provide assistance in navigating the who, what, where, when and how of the community and the school district. In conjunction with Suzie Hale, of Coordinated Family & Community Engagement, we are creating a GMRSD-wide Resource Manual for families with children. The manual will detail a diverse spectrum of social, medical, educational, cultural, religious, family, basic needs resources. Each new family will be given a copy and additional copies will be distributed throughout the community. 
We will be looking for volunteer buddies and hope YOU will consider this opportunity.