The Success Program started in the Preble County schools on Aug. 18, and we have felt a warm welcome by the school districts and the community. The Success Program was created with the goal to remove non-cognitive barriers to learning (i.e. lack of food, shelter, medical care, personal hygiene etc.) so that children would be better able to achieve in their educational setting.
The mission of the Success Program is to remove these barriers to promote school success, as it is recognized that education is the key to success for many children and a way for them to escape poverty. Another goal of the program is to assist parents with navigating and accessing resources, both resources to meet basic needs and resources to promote self-sufficiency (education, employment, etc.). The core strategy of the program is placing liaisons in the school districts to help build relationships with low-income families, connecting them with community partners, and encouraging parents to become more invested in their children’s education.
The Success Program has been assisting low-income families in Butler County, for 12 years through the Butler County Educational Service Center and began a partnership with National Trail School District during the 2015-2016 school year.
This school year, the Success Program has liaisons serving children and families in all five school districts in Preble County: Leslie Bassler at Eaton, Allie Shafter at Twin Valley South, Bethany Petry at Tri County North, Christine Wilson at Preble Shawnee, and Heather Ludy at National Trail.
The Success Program is currently funded by a one year grant through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
This Success Team would like to thank the Healthier Buckeye Council and the Preble County Commissioners who made it possible for the Success Program to come to Preble County. Additionally we are thankful to our following collaborators: Preble County Job and Family Services, Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Preble County Juvenile Court, Preble County Educational Service Center, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Ware’s Chapel United Methodist Church, New Paris Chamber of Commerce, Samaritan Behavioral Health, Home is the Foundation, and Community Action Partnership.