Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
Educational Support and Social and Emotional Skill Building for Children in COTS Shelters
COTS offers specialized programming for children in our family shelter to reduce the negative impacts of homelessness. We propose expanding this by offering an education-centered curriculum in shelter, focused on developing healthy life tools children can transfer to their school experience. This curriculum, designed for pre-K-12th grade, will provide children with healthy psycho-emotional tools: healthy attachments, behavioral regulation, impulse control, logical reasoning and a healthy self-concept. We will work with parents to help reinforce this learning in their home. These tools will strengthen overall literacy, thinking skills, learning strategies, social interactions, and psycho-emotional regulation.
Vermont Humanities Council
Vermont Humanities Council Humanities Camps are week-long summer day “camps” that engage at-risk middle school students in fun, rewarding educational programs. Held at 10-14 middle schools each summer, they are run by two teachers at each school; the schools’ teachers identify the students who attend. A set of books on the camp’s chosen theme (1 of 3 options each year) is the basis of the week’s activities; they are the students’ to keep. Students rave about the camps; they are, for some students, the first positive interaction with reading, school, and learning itself. Not only do the camps strengthen reading and self-expression, they also change students’ attitudes dramatically about reading, learning, school, and themselves as learners.