For some of us, it is surprising to hear that our affiliated sites in the United States are still dealing with the effects of COVID-19 — even years after restrictions have been lifted and many different areas of lives have returned to pre-pandemic normalcy. Today we hear from Renée Kube, our Director of International Programs, who spoke with Melanie, who is our volunteer coordinator at both Menifee County Middle School and High School, about how their students and faculty continue to adjust to changes in their lives, and how Children Incorporated is able to help.
“Working with middle and high school students, I have seen first-hand how not having the basic resources others do is detrimental.”
Renée speaks with our volunteer coordinator
“Melanie noted that the greatest struggle for her schools has been the return to in-person learning from virtual; she said that there is a large decline in the students’ ability to communicate with teachers, staff – and even their peers – and that they tend to be loners and are perpetually glued to their phones,” said Renée.
“Melanie also told me during our conversation over Zoom that during virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of her students were alone at home while there parents went to work, so they had little to no guidance on what they should be doing, when they should be doing it, and how they should be doing it —with regard to both schooling and personal activities.”
“These struggles have made it hard for children to have any consistnecy in their lives — something that helps them stay focused. Thankfully for these students, Children Incorporated is able to provide consistent support through our sponsorship program, and after we spoke, Melanie emailed a letter to me to described just how important that help really was,” explained Renée.
I have been at Menifee County Youth Service Center for over 19 years and have had the pleasure of working with Children Incorporated for most of those years. Working with middle and high school students, I have seen first-hand how not having the basic resources others do is detrimental. It’s a huge part of that age group to want to just fit in. I am so thankful for Children Incorporated and the sponsors we have for our students here. Because of them we are truly able to provide them with their basic needs so that they are able to come to school and focus on learning.
I have one middle school student in particular who would not even have the basic of things we all take for granted without this program. He lives with a single father and two older siblings. Over the years, we have been able to provide the much-needed clothing, coats, and shoes for him. He is non-verbal, so I rely a lot on his teachers. They are wonderful with letting me know all his needs throughout the year and his wants at Christmas.
Because of Children Incorporated, not only are his basic needs provided for, but we were able to get him a few learning and educational toys to help him with his motor skills. Children Incorporated has been a blessing for this child who unfortunately may have otherwise fallen through the cracks. With Children Incorporated’s help of Hope In Action funds we have also been able to provide this student and his family with food each week through our Meals to Grow program. I cannot say enough good things about the difference that Children Incorporated and its sponsors have made in this particular child’s life. Thank you!
How do I sponsor a child with Children Incorporated?
You can sponsor a child in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members; email us at email@example.com; or go online to our sponsorship portal, create an account, and search for a child that is available for sponsorship.