All of our county school districts have recognized the impact of childhood trauma on educational success, and have begun the process making trauma sensitive practices a part of school culture.
We hope that all school districts recognize the impact childhood trauma has on a child's learning experience and will develop the necessary steps that will lead to their success!
A training on Self-Focus was held with CASA Volunteers and staff recently. This training was presented by Salene Cowher, CASA Board member and Psychotherapist. Salene presented on how to be mindful of how stress and frustrations are affecting you and how to quiet the "noise." And that letting go does not mean giving up and the importance of self-monitoring. It was a fun and greatly needed training!
Crawford County CASA started a community project a few years back called the “First Night Kit” Project! A First Night Kit will be a bag containing a small stuffed animal, a book, toothbrush and toothpaste, Kleenex’s, Chapstick, small flashlight, hygiene products and so on. These bags will be given to children who are removed from their home due to safety reasons and placed in a foster home or a residential treatment facility.
Along with these kits, the Family Chiropractic Center in Meadville, Presbyterian Women (First Presbyterian Church in Meadville) and the Student Nurse Organization at the Crawford County Career and Technical Center donated amazing items as well as bags for our children. These first night kits bring a small sense of comfort to a child during a traumatic time in their life.
Thank you all for continued support with this ever so important project!
"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."
~ Maya Angelou