Support For Families Even With Schools Closed
In Achievement Plus, a Wilder partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools to coordinate resources in three community schools, staff are working with partners and families to continue meeting needs even when school buildings are closed.
Cindy Torguson (left), Achievement Plus coordinator for Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School, helped secure a $10,000 grant from the Fairview Foundation in April to provide food for families on the East Side of Saint Paul. “What has been really amazing to me is the outreach from all our partners,” Cindy says. “Community partners know there’s someone to help get information to families. That definitely is what it means to be a community school.”
In fall 2020, the Achievement Plus team and Wilder’s school-based mental health program worked together with Greater Twin Cities United Way to secure a grant to support students and families on the North End of Saint Paul with needs related to the coronavirus.