Education
8:59 am
Wed August 14, 2013

WISD Gears Up to Help Homeless Students in the New Academic Year

School, in and of itself, can be hard enough. How difficult must it be for children who are homeless? It's a question that more children in Washtenaw County have to answer than you might think. The Washtenaw Intermediate School District last year helped make sure more than 1,300 students classified as homeless were able to attend classes. 

Shelves stocked with supplies for the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth.
Credit Bob Eccles

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth is now gearing up for a new academic year.

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District looks to public to help homeless children in Washtenaw County successfully attend classes this fall.

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is getting ready for the start of the school year by collecting supplies for homeless students.  Jennifer Martin is Program Manager for the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth, which served over 13-hundred students last school year. 

The project aims to make sure kids aren't prevented from getting an education because of their lack of permanent night-time housing.  It collects items such as food, clothing, personal hygiene products and school supplies. Anyone wishing to contribute to the effort may drop off supplies at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District offices on South Wagner Road.