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"I believe given the current situation, the Move the Middle initiative has an even greater responsibility to ensure students' needs are being met."
—Nicole Bennett, Achievement Advocate, United Way of Rock River Valley
Dominic only shows up to middle school a few days a week. His home life is unstable, night to night he doesn't know where he'll sleep. His grades dip to failing levels — on top of missing assignments from not being in school consistently, when he is there, he struggles to concentrate as so much weighs on his mind.
United Way of Rock River Valley is changing its grant allocations to Winnebago County agencies to strategically convene and align partner agencies around its Middle School Success focus and the strategies that support it — Strong Neighborhoods and Early Childhood Literacy.
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library creates children's libraries in countless homes across Ogle County.
The seeds of success in life are planted at birth. While experiences and obstacles, developed relationships, and community support are all vital for an individual to be successful, there’s a very simple addition to life that can significantly improve one’s chances of being happy and healthy: books.