As the Program Supervisor-Homeless Liaison for Detroit Public Schools, George Eason works with the McKinney-Vento (MV) Homeless Program to identify and support homeless youth and help ensure each student is able to participate in a learning environment.
This school year, Eason attended the 26th Annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri, November 25-28, 2014. According to NAEHCY, the annual conference is a valuable professional development and networking opportunity bringing individuals together to assure every child and youth experiencing homelessness is successful in school from early childhood through higher education.
While networking at the conference, Eason was asked by a representative from First Book, an organization that provides access to new books for children in need, to complete an application for a chance to receive a $250 grant toward books or school supplies.
Early this year Eason was informed that his submission for the grant was approved and was awarded the $250 grant, additional books and a personalized book shelf for DPS’ McKinney-Vento Homeless Program.
“Once the books arrived, the distribution plan was based on placing age/grade appropriate books into bags for our MV identified homeless students,” explained Eason. “We use the term or letters MV to discuss and identify our homeless students because the word homeless has a negative connotation. We try to maintain the integrity and confidentiality as much as possible when working with this population of students. We will also provide these books to our MV students who are residing in Detroit area shelters.”