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Project FOCUS
Families in Our Community United for Success
The South Lawrence East Full Service Community School was inaugurated on Thursday, January 6 at the gathering of teachers, administrators, parents and lots of children through the efforts of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

As a Full Service Community School, the South Lawrence East School integrates its focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement which leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

The Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE), supports nationally significant programs to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education at the State and local levels and help all children meet challenging academic content and academic achievement standards. The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program, which is funded under FIE, encourages coordination of academic, social, and health services through partnerships among(1) public elementary and secondary schools; (2) the schools’ local educational agencies (LEAs); and (3) community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other public or private entities.

GLCPC Full Service Community School’s involvement is targeted to the collaboration process with partners working with the SLE Education Complex to insure that children and families make appropriate gains on the MCAS.

The development of transition activities for all children in the South Lawrence East Educational Complex. To this end, they will work with the Community Steering Committee on transitions to develop a calendar of activities for student transition points including activities for parents to engage their children in the home around literacy.
The development of parent leadership through Parent Leadership Academies where parents will learn leadership and advocacy skills as well as the development of Parent Circles in neighborhoods led by parents who have participated in the Parent Leadership Academy and collaboration with PTA leadership to outreach to parents in our catchment area.

Full-Service Community Schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children.

For the FY 2010 competition, these services may include: high-quality early learning programs and service; remedial education, aligned with academic supports and other enrichment activities, providing students with a comprehensive academic program; family engagement, including parental involvement, parent leadership, family literacy, and parent education programs; mentoring and other youth development programs; community service and service learning opportunities; programs that provide assistance to students who have been chronically absent, truant, suspended, or expelled; job training and career counseling services; nutrition services and physical activities; primary health and dental care; activities that improve access to and use of social service programs and programs that promote family financial stability; mental health services; and adult education, including instruction of adults in English as a second language.

Lawrence Health and Human Services High School: Students from the 11th and 12th grades will do internships with FSCS projects that align with their areas of interest. Students will meet with FSCS Coordinator prior to commencement of the program to review internship specific goals and objectives as they relate to meeting the overall program objectives. Students participating in the High School’s organic farming program, along with WIC staff, will do presentations to South Lawrence East Middle School Classes on the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Street Smarts: This program enables participants to counteract the negative lure of gangs, develop effective conflict resolution and leadership skills, and become “POSITIVE PEER HELPERS” or role models, for other adolescents and recognize the virtues of diversity.

Violence Prevention Program: The YWCA will present the Safe Dates curriculum, a school-based nine-session program intended for middle and high school students. Safe Dates is designed to define caring and healthy relationships, increase awareness in gender stereotyping, and improve conflict resolution skills. Each session is about 50 minutes long and will provide students with fundamental skills that can be used throughout a lifetime.

YWCA – STEM: A special program for grades 5-8 designed to get students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students learn basic computer applications and web design as they complete various hands-on science experiments and learn to harness the power of the internet. In addition each student will develop her own individual success plan that will help her navigate her own future.

Mentoring Program: Family Service, Inc. AMIGOS Mentoring Program is a school-based mentoring program that matches adult mentors with students from grades 4–8 in the Lawrence Public Schools. Mentors and mentees meet for one hour each week throughout the school year during the lunch/recess period. In addition to the weekly sessions, occasionally the matches are invited to participate in offsite activities including sporting events, trips to museums and other fun activities.

WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. In order to qualify, you need to have an infant or child 5 years old or under, be pregnant or postpartum and live in Massachusetts. WIC will provide services on site at the school.

Pathways to Family Success: Family Literacy Program: Pathways will provide the following during the school year: ESOL classes for parents (2 evenings a week - registration required); Childcare for parents enrolled in ESOL classes (age 5-12 yrs); Parent workshops; Parent-Child activities.

Family Preservation/ Parent-Aide / Case Management Program provides comprehensive services and fosters inter-agency coordination in order to support families with children up to age 16. The staff conducts extensive client assessments to identify family strengths/needs. Services include Parent Education Programs, family and individual counseling, home management skills counseling, financial management training, transportation, comprehensive case management and advocacy.

Manny Ayala, Boys and Girls Club Program Director giving information about the club to Johanna Largaespada and her niece Scarleth Largaespada.

L/R – Chris Vasquez, Rafael Garcia, Moises Dominguez, Emmanuel Colon and Shayne Velez, part of a group of hard working volunteers from the Lawrence Boys Club..


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