Aug 17 2017
By Ashika Sethi
Late August and over 100-degree temperatures usually means one thing to a child - the first day of school is right around the corner.
In my early years, back to school season typically commenced in late July when my craving for the smell of new books and Mr. Sketch markers came to a head. For weeks, I would consistently pester my mom about back-to-school shopping until she finally caved and took me to Target. I would plan my outfits weeks in advance, my backpack packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
When the day finally came to put on my meticulously-planned outfit, my nerves would be through the roof. After a restless sleep and a groggy morning, my mom would snap an annual First Day of School picture, wish me good luck, and send me on my merry way.
Although high school came with its own first-day traditions, the butterflies and annual pictures remained a constant. I’ll always be nostalgic for that meeting-new-friends-and-getting-lost-on-my-way-to-second-period feeling.
College has come and gone, and although my first-day-of-school routines are officially over, I know I’ll have my fair share of firsts and new traditions as I begin my career at CASA as the new Marketing Coordinator.
For the kids we serve at CASA, consistency isn’t always a given. Often our kids are starting new schools and possibly moving to new homes, which can be stressful and overwhelming. When it comes to school, kids in the child welfare system need extra help to make sure teachers and staff have all the tools and resources they need to accommodate them before their first day rolls around.
Here are some helpful tips compiled by CASA staff to help make sure our kids’ back-to-school season runs more smoothly:
Brooke Hathaway, Child Advocacy Specialist
Elena Lorio, Child Advocacy Specialist
Alex Mirande, Child Advocacy Specialist
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