and McKinney-Vento Banquet
Washington-Morgan Community Action (WMCAP) hosted the fourth annual Kinship Care and McKinney-Vento Student Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, May 19th at the Reicker Building Community Room.
WMCAP Family Support Coordinator Carolyn Jenkins began the evening by thanking local businesses, agencies and organizations for providing the funding that made the banquet possible. Recognized were First National Bank, Citizens National Bank, Peoples Bank, North Valley Bank, Washington-Morgan Community Action, VFW Post 4713 and the Eagles Club.
The Kinship Care program is designed to help kinship caregivers--grandparents, aunts, uncles and others who have taken on the responsibility of caring for a family member’s child--“navigate” their way through various programs to ensure they receive needed benefits.
The McKinney-Vento grant program allows a prevention specialist to serve the interests of eligible students by coordinating the services of the school system and local social service agencies on their behalf.
Jenkins also thanked the many volunteers who helped with the programs throughout the year. “Without the help of these volunteers it would not be possible to provide all the services available”, said Jenkins.
Morgan County Commissioners Dean Cain and Mike Reed, Sheriff Tom Jenkins, Prosecuting Attorney Mike Howdyshell, Tony Caito from Six County, and Bob Drabik from United Ministries were thanked for their service to the county and the program. Howard Troutner and Dean Wright were thanked for writing and coordinating the McKinney-Vento grant.
WMCAP Director of Senior and Community Services Carrie McNamee said, “Carolyn does a great job and the Kinship Care and McKinney-Vento programs are important to Morgan County and to our agency.”
A special moment took place at the banquet when two graduating seniors were recognized by Jenkins, Tabitha Peters and Wesley Lane.
“Tabby Peters has worked very hard in high school to graduate in 3 years instead of 4. She has received several scholarships and has been accepted into the Washington State Community College School of Nursing” said Jenkins. “She will be able to take some of her classes at the Morgan Learning Center.”
“Wesley Allen enrolled in Morgan High’s electronics program and has done very well over the last two years. He has supported himself by making and designing signs at a local business. He is a member of various organizations where he has excelled in leadership. Wesley has enlisted in the U.S. Army and will leave for Georgia on August 31”, Jenkins reported.
Both Tabby and Wesley live with their grandparents who are very proud of their accomplishments.
Other children were recognized at the banquet for all A’s, principal’s list, honor roll, perfect attendance, and involvement in student organizations.
The banquet concluded with the children presenting their family members with a flower to thank them for being there and taking care of them.
For more information on the Kinship Care program or McKinney-Vento Grant, contact Carolyn Jenkins at (740) 962-3827.
Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio
218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758 (740) 962-3827