For many homeless children, moving from shelter to shelter means missing school and falling behind in their studies.
Positive Tomorrows, a private and tuition-free school in Oklahoma, is tackling this issue head on—by solely serving homeless children.
The school, for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, is made up of teachers, social workers and volunteers that help students—and their families—get back on their feet.
The school staff knows that for homeless families, washing clothes, getting a good night's sleep in a crowded shelter and finding a way to get to school isn't easy. But those common dilemmas are not problems here.
Positive Tomorrows has a room filled with new clothes and shoes in all sizes, vans and buses to pick up kids every morning and teachers who allow students to nap so they are rested and ready to learn, according to The Oklahoman.
Some students at Positive Tomorrows stay a semester; others stay for a year. The goal of the school is not only to help students achieve academic success but also to ensure that families get permanent housing and students continue their schooling in public school.
This is why when the school lost $400,000 in federal funding five years ago, many people suffered. The funds were half of the school's operating budget and it was forced to close.
Thankfully, donations trickled in and the school was able to re-open. This summer, the school took another step forward, receiving five year accreditation as a private school serving up to 45 homeless children at a time.
As the organization grows, their mission is to serve homeless children up to 12th grade.