Children of families who move around the state for agricultural work deal with many unique challenges.
"Families are often making tough choices on what to buy," said Rachel Phillips, one of Greenbush's team leaders for Title I Part C Services. "Do I pay the electrical bill, do I buy shoes, or do I buy school supplies?"
To help these families meet other critical needs, Phillips and her team worked with Greenbush's Cooperative Purchasing department to buy enough school supplies and backpacks for 500 students. Then they worked with Greenbush summer camp staff to stuff the backpacks and prepare them for distribution to families.
"The great thing about Greenbush is that we have a strong network of support in between different departments," Phillips said.
Greenbush is responsible for serving families working in agriculture in much of the eastern third of the state. Recruiters make contact with families and connect them with resources that support their children's educational development.
Some of the services that are available to these families are preschool, after-school programs, tutoring and homework help, and GED programs. The goal is to ensure students don't fall behind simply because their family makes frequent moves in search of work.
For more information about Title I Part C Services, reach out to Rachel Phillips at 620.724.6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.