School District Reaches Out To 152 Homeless Students
Story by: Sara Schrank
With the holidays right around the corner, everyone thinks about what they want for Christmas, but we shouldn’t just think of ourselves, as there are children in our community who are in need of our help.
This holiday season the Adoption Coach Darla Otto sent out two flyers to the community giving out information about homeless kids in Wisconsin and how people could help.
Some alarming information on this flyer was that the Sheboygan Area School District alone has 152 homeless students. Even more shocking was the fact that there are 13,364 homeless youth in Wisconsin.
Around 40 percent of children in foster care are without a home and are so called “couch surfing”. Couch surfing is when they live in a friend’s, boy/girl friend’s house, and they don’t have a place to call home. There is a program in Sheboygan called
Runaway and Youth Services (RAYS). This organization helps youth get products they need, runs fundraisers, and mentors them in places they need help.
Melissa Argall, the program supervisor of RAYS, said, “First and foremost, open your eyes and acknowledge that there are teens in need in Sheboygan County and we can make a difference in their lives.”
Raising awareness about homeless kids and getting it out there that they are in need of help is half the battle. Once this task is done people can volunteer to help mentor the kids, help with fundraising and help get the word out there that these kids are in need of help. Otto is helping with the collection of products that can be dropped off at any Sheboygan Elementary school, or RAYS Sheboygan by Dec. 14.