Divorce Blog: How To Make School Your Child's Ally After Divorce!

By Guest Blogger: Rosalind Sedacca

Returning to school after their parents have separated or divorced can be difficult for any child. You can ease the transition, however, by opening the door to the many resources available to you through the school. The key here is in forming a cooperative relationship with school personnel.

Making your child’s teachers aware of a major change in your home environment is helpful both for them and your child. That’s because school is really a second home for children in our culture.

Regardless of their age, children can’t be expected to turn off their emotions during or after a divorce any more than their parents can. Fear, insecurity, shame, guilt and other emotions are usually triggered when a parental marriage ends. These complex feelings can affect a child’s focus, self-esteem, relationships with their friends as well as their academic performance.

Build A Bed, Keep A Vet Fed

“Build A Bed, Keep A Vet Fed”
Saturday September 6th, 2014
8am – 1 pm
PACE YouthBuild AmeriCorps
New Bedford, MA
593 Kempton Street

We are writing to you to request your help and support in “The Build A Bed, Keep A Vet Fed” community building and volunteer service day Saturday September 6th from 8 am- 12:45pm in the large parking lot at 593 Kempton Street. This community service project is volunteer project honoring and supporting veterans.

Statistically only one percent of our nation’s populations have made the commitment to serve our nation as enlisted personal.  These men and women who volunteer and/or were drafted into our armed forces have made a great commitment and have risked their lives in service of the remaining 99%. 

Unfortunately, many have died, been injured, or have returned never quite the same. In fact, though only 1% of the population, veterans make up a shocking 40% of the nation that they served, homeless population. 45% of veterans are unemployed, 37% of veterans need help finding housing. 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty. 76% of veterans have mental health, alcohol, or substances issues.

Back 2 School Giveaway

What is the Empty Chair?

Attendance matters for success, both in school and in life. When a student is absent from school, he/she misses out on opportunities to learn and succeed.

The Empty Chair is a symbol that stresses the importance of attendance and the fact that a teacher cannot teach an empty chair.

This initiative by the Mayor's Attendance Task Force is part of a strategy to develop a culture of attendance. Understanding that everyone in the community has a stake and a role in ensuring that every student attends school every day, the group is seeking to engage different sectors of the community and work together to improve attendance.

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