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Six Ways Mercy Home’s Kids Get Ready for the School Year

Six Ways Mercy Home’s Kids Get Ready for the School Year

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With a new school year already upon us, the boys and girls at Mercy Home are hard at work preparing for another successful year! To help them get ready and have the best start possible, there are a few ways we prepare our kids for the first day of school and beyond.

1. The Right Supplies

We make sure our kids have all the supplies they need to start the new school year strong! Our kids fill their backpacks with notebooks, pens, highlighters, binders, index cards, calculators, and more. Most of the school supplies our kids receive are through Title I, which provides funds to places like Mercy Home who have high percentages of low-income children.

2. Planning the Route

Our kids get to school in many different ways! Both our middle school boys and most of our young women are driven to school by Mercy Home coworkers. All of our young men high school age and older self-transport using public transportation. We practice public transportation routes with our kids so they always know where they are going.

3. Summer Enrichment

Our kids learn all summer long, thanks to our Summer Enrichment program! Some of the things our kids worked on this summer included reviewing math skills, completing a book club, learning about velocity, and going through the scientific method to track and analyze data. Programs like summer enrichment help minimize the “summer melt” and keeps their skills fresh so they can go back to school feeling confident. Another plus? It helps our kids still have structure to their days and creates a routine for them over the summer.

4. Executive Functions

One of the most important things the kids do to prep for the school year is getting and staying organized! Our kids receive supplies such as binders and planners to help them keep track of their homework and schedules. Our kids also benefit from a curriculum at Mercy Home that helps them build their organizational, test taking, and time management skills.

5. A Schedule Change

Our kids maintain a schedule all year round, but it really ramps up once school begins. During the school year, our kids wake up earlier and have longer study times to work on their homework. Our kids are matched to one on one tutors that they work with each week to help them succeed in school!

6. What to Wear

Many of our young people go to schools where they are required to wear uniforms. Before the school year starts, our kids go shopping with their school resources coordinator to make sure they have the clothes they need for school. Generally, they need four shirts, three bottoms, socks, shoes, and a gym uniform.

A Special Opportunity to Support Education at Mercy Home!

Until August 31, 2018, a special friend of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is matching donations up to $100,000. Give now and help support the education of our young people!

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