Each school year, the KPBSD Students in Transition (SIT) program works to identify children and youth experiencing homelessness and remove barriers to their education. Such barriers include student enrollment concerns, transportation issues, and the lack of necessary supplies. Since taking the role of Homeless Liaison five years ago, I have been continually impressed by the generosity that exists within our community; this fall has been no exception. Two groups have already stepped up to make a positive change for highly vulnerable students and deserve to be recognized.
I would first like to acknowledge the Kenai Borough Employees Association and all Kenai Peninsula Borough employees. This group gathered numerous boxes of new backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards to local food establishments to help students start their year off on the right foot. Their on-going support to the SIT program and dedication to the students it serves is remarkable.
I would also like to acknowledge Stanley Ford in Kenai. One event during the recent Stanley Ford Summer Stock Community Appreciation Days was to “Focus on the Kids” by filling a Ford Focus with school supplies and winter clothing items for KPBSD families – not just those who are experiencing homelessness but those simply in need of extra support. I would like to thank Stanley Ford for their donation and for being a business that truly gives back to their community.
To all of the folks involved with these significant efforts, thank you, thank you, thank you.