Helping Children in Crisis during CoronavirusDavis Foundation
As we take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our community safe from coronavirus, many of our neighbors in Davis County find themselves in difficult positions. If you are asking yourself, "How can I help? What can I do?", we have an answer for you. Davis School District could use your help to provide for the children in our community. At Davis Education Foundation, our primary job is to support students and teachers in the district. In light of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we've already seen an increase in requests for assistance. We ask you to please consider donating to foundation programs to help us make sure our students' most basic needs are met. 100% of your donation will be used to provide assistance to children and families in crisis. Because students are not meeting in face-to-face classrooms at this time, it is more important than ever that we take action to make sure no child falls through the cracks. Based on the requests we've seen, most of the needs fall into three broad categories: Food Assistance: Under normal circumstances, 1 in 5 students in Davis School District face food insecurity, meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. As parents' employment situations are interrupted, we've received more requests from our principals to find resources for emergency food assistance. Basic Essentials: Students across the district need hygiene items and clothing. Providing soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, shoes and the like allows students to stay sanitary and maintain their dignity during times of crisis. Homelessness and General Hardship: More than 1,100 students in Davis School District qualify as homeless under federal McKinney-Vento guidelines. Lack of a stable living situation makes life for these students tumultuous, and the added threat of COVID-19 doesn't help. We anticipate seeing many requests for hardship assistance as coronavirus spreads. If you need help, please reach out to your child's principal or counselor. Our organization provides services based on referrals from Davis School District educators. We are reminded of the following quote from Mr. Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me `Look for the helpers. There are always people who are helping.'" Thank you for supporting Davis Education Foundation, Davis School District and the students in our care. Thank you for being a helper.