SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan Area School District was awarded a $150,000 grant to support educational goals for students experiencing homelessness.
This is the third successful cycle that the school district has been awarded this specific grant, having earned a two-year grant in 2012 and a three-year grant in 2014. This recent award will help the district continue and expand our services using the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
“These grants serve as testimonials as to the District’s understanding, compassion, and investment needed to best assist these students to reach their optimum potential and to help eliminate the often generational nature of homelessness,” said John Mees, Homeless Support for the Sheboygan Area School District.
The grant money awarded will help the district to mitigate educational barriers, promote full student participation, as well as provide opportunities to learn for students experiencing homelessness. The goals of the grant include expansion of the “Homeless Mentoring” program, collaborating with established partnerships to provide Resource Fairs for families, and continuation of efforts in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Since the 2011-12 school year, the Sheboygan Area School District has identified over 1,500 students as experiencing homelessness.