Dear Harrisburg School District Administrators, Faculty, and Staff,
Did you know that more than 400 students and their siblings were served by our McKinney-Vento Program last school year?
No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people. For more information on the impact of hunger and homelessness visit: https://hhweek.org/hunger-and-homelessness/.
Homelessness at any age is a traumatic experience, causing emotional, physical, and mental reactions in children and youth. The PA Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program helps students experiencing homelessness have a school life that is as regular as possible and access to free public education.
The Harrisburg School District continues to support and assist our students facing displacement (homelessness). In addition to our district liaison, each school social worker serves as the assigned Point of Contact for each building. If you feel that a student or family needs additional support, please reach out to your school social worker listed below.
Ben Franklin- Sierra Hoover
Downey- Lindsey Zeky
Foose- Joshua Myers
Melrose- Tina Palumbo
Scott- Galen Gillis
Camp Curtin Academy- Gia Johnson
Rowland Academy- Caitlin Day
Marshall/MSA- Jennifer Kimmel
John Harris Campus- Lauren Bricker, Ebone’ Jackson, Casey Stokes-Rodriguez, Jennifer Yospa
HVLA- Charles Frushon
Cougar Academy- Julianna Gerhart
This year, please consider adopting a displaced family for the holiday. This could be done as a school project where a few families are selected, or you may personally be involved with an organization that would like to give back. Either way, there are a lot of families in need this holiday. Your school social worker would be able to select the most appropriate family for you to donate towards.
As always, please remember to wear your RED SHIRT on Friday 11/17/23. Email your selfies or group photos with your Red Shirt to email@example.com. Photos will be posted online with the hashtag #IWillBeYourVoice.
Saturday 11/18/2023 – The Harrisburg School District, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club, will once again distribute 400 hot meals to Harrisburg School District families!! Volunteers are needed to deliver the food from 11am-2pm. Click HERE for volunteering opportunities. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in helping. The Boys & Girls Club is located at 1227 Berryhill Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.
CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB.