A simple "check in" brings support to our community's young students

Picture of Lincoln Middle School in Rockford

Our Move the Middle initiative continues to serve more than 2,000 students at Lincoln and RESA middle schools in Rockford.

One of the weekly supports the initiative provides is a "check in, check out" system that surveys students at the beginning and end of each week. Students fill out the optional "check in" form on Mondays—answering questions about how they're feeling, how their weekend went, and if they are feeling any stress or anxiety about the coming week. On Fridays, students fill out the "check out" form, where they talk about how their week went.

Our United Way Achievement Advocates say that the forms provide incredible insight on how students are feeling, what their needs are, and how they can support them.

"It's been gratifying being able to support the students and knowing the extraordinary impact that we can make in their lives," said Roselyn Laguna, one of three United Way Achievement Advocates.

In the first two quarters of the current school year, 16,467 "check in, check out" forms were voluntarily filled out by students at Lincoln and RESA.

Along with support provided by teachers, counselors, and all school staff—these forms are just another way to ensure our community's young students are given the assistance and resources they need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.