Hunger is one of the major obstacles faced by students in Robeson County. 34% of children in Robeson County experience food insecurity, meaning that their “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” CIS helps students overcome this obstacle by providing BakPak Pals. BakPak Pals provides weekend food bags to be sent home with students. Students also receive special holiday packs of food. Funding is provided by the communities of Red Springs, Pembroke, Prospect, Lumberton and United Way. During the 2014-2015 school year, we provided BakPaks to 402 students in Robeson County. We need your help to continue providing this much needed support. A one-year sponsorship totals $125. Please consider donating the full amount or $10 a month to provide food bags for a student for the entire school year!
During and after disasters, children have unique and specific needs. Helping them return to regular routines after a disaster can improve a child’s recovery and allow the families to get back to normal quickly. Every day in the U.S., 69 million children are separated from their families while they attend child care facilities, schools, and after-school programs. Communities In Schools of Robeson County are serving as the initiatives’ implementing partner and we want to make sure that the organizations that serve the children of Robeson County are prepared to meet their needs.
Robeson County is a participating county in the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative, a community-based model of child-focused disaster preparedness, led by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Currently, the initiative is in its second phase, focusing on post-disaster recovery by learning from the experiences of communities affected by recent hurricanes, including Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. This project aims to create more resources and relationships to help make children more resilient to future disasters. For more information on the RCRC Initiative, please visit https://ncdp.columbia.edu/rcrc.
Peer Mentoring is offered at Purnell Swett High School and Lumberton Junior High School.