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mckinney program trains parents, hands out school supplies

On August 14, 2012, North East ISD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Project staff conducted a training session for parents of homeless children who reside in the SAMM's Homeless Shelter. The parents were guided on how to create an online email account and register their child for school through the district's Parent Portal. McKinney Family Liaisons worked closely with these families to ensure that each parent successfully created their accounts and had a working knowledge of how to navigate the system.

"Learning about the Parent Portal will allow the parents to track the grades and attendance of their children from any where they can access the Internet. They were also given a presentation on the importance of student attendance and STAAR testing," said Tyler Shoesmith, director of Family Support Services and Dropout Prevention. "We are very proud of the parents and children living in the shelter for taking the first steps to being proactive in their child's education."

The following day, McKinney staff participated in a "Back to School Night" at the SAMM's Homeless Shelter. Backpacks filled with school supplies and school uniforms were handed out to 43 NEISD students from various grade levels. McKinney Family Liaisons Michael Jones, Kristy Wager and Adriana Hernandez conducted the distribution event and provided parents with an insight to the first days of school and the support they can expect to receive from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Project. The supplies, along with the continuous support for students in transitional living situations, provide a continuity of care that supports student success.


NEISD Family Liaisons Kristy Wager and Adriana Hernandez prepare backpacks for a school supply giveaway for NEISD students living at the SAMM's Homeless Shelter.

Posted on August 16, 2012