Chapter D, P.E.O donates to local groups

Chapter D, P.E.O. Fallon president Sandy White, third from left, presents a donation to Susan Imelli and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Also pictured from left are Becky Mathews, recording secretary; and from CASA Heidi Imelli, Gary Imelli and Sue Sevon.
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Chapter D, P.E.O. Fallon president Sandy White, third from left, presents a donation to Susan Imelli and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Also pictured from left are Becky Mathews, recording secretary; and from CASA Heidi Imelli, Gary Imelli and Sue Sevon. CASA 2 Photo by Steve Ranson.

The members of Chapter D, P.E.O. Fallon have recently made donations to two local groups, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and Students in Transition.
These donations were made by individual C.E.O. members who are thankful for the work of CASA and Students in transition as they provide invaluable services for the community’s youth.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization that promotes education of women. This is an international group founded by seven young women on Jan. 21 more than 150 years ago. P.E.O. celebrates the advancement of women; educating women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College and motivating women to achieve their highest aspirations.
CASA volunteers are well trained and speak in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. These children are in court due to no fault of their own. All children are victims of abuse and neglect.
A judge appoints CASA volunteers to a case, and the volunteers’ goal is to provide a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future. Each home placement case is as unique as the child involved. The CASA volunteers research the child’s best interests, which are either to stay with his or her parents or guardians.
CASA volunteers make a recommendation on placement and follow through on the case until it’s permanently resolved. CASA volunteers are often the only stable factor in an often frightening and difficult ordeal for the child.

Courtesy of Sandy White
Chapter D, P.E.O. Fallon president Sandy White, left, and Becky Mathews, recording secretary, present a check to Carol Johnson, who is representing Students in Transition. This donation and another to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) were made by individual P.E.O. members who are thankful for the work of both group as they provide invaluable service for the youth of our community.

 

The Churchill County School District uses this opportunity to share information about the McKinney-Vento Act Students in Transition program. This program allows the school district to support students in a homeless situation or when they are in transition between permanent housing situations.The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
The Students in Transition program is operated through the school district’s Learning and Innovation office. This is an ongoing program with the primary goal of removing barriers to success in school and life for homeless children and youth. The program assists with education needs within the school setting including, but not limited to, school supplies, school-related fees, tutoring and community resources. C.E.O. believes that education is the key to providing children and youth with a successful future.
The school district identified 137 students last year as being homeless. This year, 85 students have already been identified. The majority of students and families who are homeless in the community are either living in a motel or with family and friends due to economic hardship.
For information on the program, call Carol Johnson at 775-423-2181, ext. 4151.

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