Students in Alhambra are experiencing greater challenges this year than in the past, Alhambra Teacher Association President Roz Collier announced during Tuesday evening's Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education meeting.
Collier later explained that higher level of stress are coming from a variety of sources. "We are seeing more students in counseling due to many factors: economic factors impacting families, the lack of role models that could exhibit strong coping skills, the lack of clear pathways to future education and jobs," she wrote Alhambra Source in an e-mail. "Our Gateway program headed by Laurel Bear has been at the forefront in addressing these issues with our students."
Bear announced during the school board meeting that the district's mental health and student safety program to which Collier referred, Gateway to Success, now has a bigger chance of helping at-risk students long-term. Gateway has received a $200,000 donation from the Local Educational Agency Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. The program provides federal funds for health assessment and treatment for eligible children and family members in school.
"This will give the Gateway to Success Program sustainability," Bear said.