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LENOIR COUNTY OFFERS A VARIETY OF SERVICES TO MIGRANT STUDENTS

Lenoir County’s Migrant Education Program focuses on providing the best supportive services to enable migratory students can succeed. Since transportation after school is a major problem for parents, Lenoir’s MEP provides home-based tutoring services for migrant students. Lenoir County has a longstanding relationship with Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), and interns from SAF help each year to implement ESL instruction for Out of School Youth, based on the work schedules of the youth. Staff realized that many middle and high school students have to work during the summer, so a Summer Leadership Program was developed to foster students’ critical thinking skills and motivation in a short-term summer program that doesn’t interfere with students’ need to work. Lenoir County Migrant Education also assists students in completing their GED online as well as completing their middle and high school diplomas in Mexico through Plazas Communitarias. Educate, Empower, and Connect is the motto of the Lenoir County Migrant Education Program.

Migrant Education Summer Leadership Program students visit UNC-Chapel Hill.

HENDERSON COUNTY MENTORING PROGRAM FOCUSES ON INDIVIDUALS’ GOALS AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS

“I really enjoyed meeting other peers who work in agriculture and the opportunity to get out of the migrant camps was good, too.” This was the feedback from one of the 25 OSY who attended the OSY Leadership field trip on one Sunday in late July of this year. The OSY participated in a ropes course at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Center in Black Mountain. The 40-foot high ropes courses included different elements that challenged the OSY students to overcome obstacles to meet the goal of completing the ropes course. The OSY Leadership field trip was an extension of the OSY Mentoring that takes place in Henderson County during the harvest season that includes guiding OSY in setting goals, plans to meet goals, and basic ESL instruction.

Out of School Youth works on goal setting activity.

COLLABORATION IS THE KEY IN ASHE COUNTY

The Ashe County Migrant Education Program works closely with our local food pantries. One pantry in particular, “The Ashe County Sharing Center”, is working hand in hand with the Migrant Education Program (MEP) and is helping the migratory families in Ashe County while they are here for harvest season. The Sharing Center works with the Migrant Education Program Coordinator to help identify families in need. The MEP Coordinator completes the steps to help families access the program upon arrival, so do not have to worry about using the small amount of money they have to buy food. This collaboration between the Migrant Education Program and the Ashe County Sharing center also helps when the weather is bad, and there are often many days without work. The families are able to readily access the pantry and not have the food insecurity that often plagues the harvesters of our food. Even the local schools have noticed the positive effect the partnership between the Ashe County Sharing Center and the Migrant program is having on the students.


NASH COUNTY TEAMWORK LEADS TO SUCCESS

At Nash MEP, extraordinary things happen with our students and their families! Activities such as MEP Summer School, after school tutoring, parental information workshops, school supplies and holiday food basket events, and instructional services to our OSY/H2A's students at the camps are among the services that we offer. By working together, MEP staff members, school personnel, community stakeholders, and families all contribute to improving school success and migrant families’ welfare.

Nash County MEP summer program students celebrate learning.

SERVICE LEARNING IN MITCHELL COUNTY

Sometimes, instructional services are not about more tutoring, but about serving others. Angelica Ramirez, of Mitchell County MEP, has developed a joint program with the Mitchell County Animal Rescue to involve MEP students as volunteers. The students not only learn about animal care and biology, but they learn the life lesson of community service. This experience has improved attendance and student engagement during the regular school day and has inspired students to consider careers in veterinary science and medicine.

Mitchell County MEP students bringing joy to animals at the Mitchell County Animal Rescue.