TEXSHEP awards $225,000 grant for McKinney-Vento

TEXSHEP awards $225,000 grant for McKinney-Vento
Posted on 09/20/2017
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by Dwight Henson
Communication Specialist

Students who are homeless and struggling to attend school can continue to rely on the Texas Support for Homeless Education (TEXSHEP) McKinney-Vento Sub grant as it enters its third year at Pasadena ISD.

The district’s Special Programs department administers the grant, which helps to eliminate barriers many homeless students face in attending school.

Since 2015, the grant has awarded $225,000 each year to help provide students with one-on-one tutors during the week, Saturday tutorials, summer camps, senior coaches and a homeless student case manager at every PISD campus.

McKinney-Vento focuses on meeting the basic needs of students to help them focus on their academics, said Neitzy Retta, McKinney-Vento coordinator.

“How can you expect students to be academically successful if they don’t have their basic needs being met?” Retta said.

Data has shown that the program has been successful over the years. In fact, in 2016-17, the graduation rate for seniors involved in McKinney Vento reached 94.37 percent, according to McKinney-Vento counselor Ana Gonzalez.

For more information, please contact Nietzy Retta or Ana Gonzalez.