Children who are homeless often have a number of challenges that can cause disruptions to their education. The McKinney-Vento Act is in place to support students who are homeless, living in temporary situations, or might be in transition of housing.
To combat these challenges, the Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) developed The Education Project. This project strives to support student needs and reduce the impact of homelessness. Throughout the school year, students considered McKinney-Vento eligible are able to receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch, which means students have the opportunity to eat at least two meals a day, five days a week. Affording food can be costly especially for a family with a limited income.
Every winter break, The Education Project has a snack pack donation drive to help supplement the meals students would typically be provided at school. The donation drive begins Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 8. All items can be dropped off at Livingston Educational Service Agency, 1425 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell.
The snack packs will be distributed to each student eligible for McKinney-Vento services the week of Dec. 11. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, nearly 250 students received snack packs last year and 10 emergency food kits were given out to families in need of food. Without the support of the community, the snack packs would not happen.
Snack pack items include but are not limited to:
Snack size chips/pretzels
Mini cereal boxes
For questions, contact Candice Olrich, McKinney-Vento grant coordinator/The Education Project coordinator at (517) 540-6834.