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KSSN continues service to students and families

Community School Coordinators help break down barriers to learning

GRAND RAPDIS, MI – Kent Schools Services Network (KSSN) brings community services into the schools to serve students and families and increase both attendance and achievement. The non-profit partners with school districts to place social workers, called Community School Coordinators, on the front line in schools. They work with students and families in the schools to connect them with services they need–even when the buildings are closed. 

This now includes connecting families with the tools for distance learning in the time of the pandemic. 

The KSSN Coordinators are helping school families connect to free internet so they can participate with their teachers and classmates. They are also helping them access food and personal care items during this extended school closure. A $5,000 grant from Heart of West Michigan United Way’s COVID-19 fund recently made it possible for several coordinators to provide much-needed personal hygiene products to families in need.

KSSN community school coordinators are also offering virtual group meetings to help students process their emotions and maintain connections to their peers.  “None of this would be possible without the partnerships KSSN has developed with our 10 school districts and 42 community schools, mental health service providers, county government, community-based organizations, faith-based institutions, local businesses, and neighborhood associations,” said KSSN Executive Director Carol Paine-McGovern. “We are inspired by their dedication to our students and families. We are committed to continuing our collective work to meet the challenges created by this crisis today and in the future.”

This key school resource was initially created by Kent County, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Kent ISD. For more information on Kent Schools Services Network, contact Carol Paine-McGovern, Executive Director at 616.447.2480 or go to their website is https://www.kentssn.org/.

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