"I've got a
paper for you to sign." That's a phrase that parents of school children are
accustomed to hearing on a regular basis. One of those papers that came home in
the backpack was a survey to identify families that qualify for migrant status.
Melissa Byers is the federal
programs administrator for the Kodiak
Island Borough School District.
She clarified which families qualify for the federal
-- (Migrant Program 1 "Since we are ... for
all of this.")
description applies to many families
on Kodiak Island.
-- (Migrant Program 2 "and it has to be
... some other manner.")
Other benefits include a
dollar-a-month cell phone for locations that have cell phone service, a
correspondence program for high school students who have to miss opportunities
due to travel, and a free breakfast and lunch. The program also provides parent
facilitators to help families take advantage of the various parts of the
program. Families that qualify for migrant status can select what , if any,
benefits they'd like to use.
Byers says she
hopes to identify all families that qualify, whether or not they decide to
She also hopes that people will feel free to take advantage
of the program regardless of their financial circumstances.
-- (Migrant Program 3 "What we're
solely ..a remote location.")
The school district's Migrant Education
program just received a grant to supply books to qualifying families. The first
round of books will be distributed in a few weeks.
-- (Migrant Program 4 "This year we're
... be interested in.")
The Migrant Education book party
will take place December 15th in the Kodiak High School
enrollment in the program is on-going throughout the year.