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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.
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.
Local artists, children, neighbors, and community leaders come together to beautify an abandoned home.
What if through coordination between local artists, volunteers, and some school children, we could reduce crime and restore pride in neighborhoods across the Rock River Valley? It’s not an unrealistic goal — it’s a reality in Rockford.