2016 Winter Harvest Celebration set for Dec. 10

DOVER — Lake Forest, Capital and Smyrna School Districts have joined together for the ninth year to present a Winter Harvest Celebration for the Homeless and Displaced Children of Kent County.

The Capital, Smyrna and Lake Forest School Districts have active McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act Coordinators whose responsibility it is to help support the homeless and displaced students, within those school districts.

Under the federal definition of homelessness, we identify children who lack permanent, adequate or fixed housing.

This would include people who are doubled up with others families, people who live in cars, motels, shelters, out doors, and children who are in foster care or are unaccompanied youth.

The McKinney-Vento Federal Homeless Education Act requires Local Education Agencies to assist students with enrollment, transportation to and from their home school, free lunch and other educational accommodations.

Fulfilling these responsibilities has been a manageable task. Having an impact on the overall welfare of the homeless and displaced children of our districts has been a much more difficult one.

Children grow and thrive when they are nurtured and nourished. For homeless children, these irreducible needs are often not met. Much of their nutritional needs are satisfied through the schools.

The children’s weekend, holiday and summer nutritional intakes decline dramatically during school breaks.

The District Liaisons try to ease the burden this places on the families while helping them enjoy the holidays.

In the past several years Kent County School districts have joined resources and provided a Winter Harvest Event for these needy families.

This year the Winter Harvest is being hosted by the Capital School District at Dover High School, Saturday, Dec. 10th from 11-3 p.m.

Smyrna and Lake Forest School District students are invited to attend the event.

A clothing closet and toiletries giveaway will be provided for attendees.

Santa will be on hand to hear special wishes, present each child with a gift and help usher in the holiday spirit. A wonderful meal will be served by the Capital School District Child Nutrition Department.

A dance floor will be opened up and music provided by a DJ will enjoyed by all. Your help will allow us to continue to provide the holiday experience for these families.

Your donations will be used directly for the event, in an effort to support the needs of the less fortunate in our community.

Thank you for all you do to help these families, without your kindness their struggle would be more significant. The effects of poverty are profound and impact on childhood development everlasting.

Thank you for helping even just one child, know that others care and look after their welfare. If you have any question my contact information is listed below.

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