Beyond the call to lend academic assistance, the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s Migrant Education Tutorial & Support Services Program lends a helping hand to migrant farm worker families that identify several un-met lifestyle needs.
Participants throughout Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis and Wayne counties often require assistance in paying a utility bill, clothing, unexpected medical costs, medications, partial funeral expenses and college scholarships, among other needs beyond the main educational component of the program.
Financial support for such urgencies falls outside of program guidelines, but thanks to the generosity of community members, these families are able to meet those needs.
Contributions also come from the sale of calendars which feature artwork made by program students.
Calendars are available for purchase for $10 each.
Proceeds go toward the Weston T. Hyde Oswego County Educational Foundation, which, according to the foundation’s website, seeks “to create new and enhance existing educational opportunities for Oswego County residents; to secure funding sources not currently available to CiTi and school districts; and to build partnerships through incentives.”
Calendars may be ordered by contacting the Migrant Education Department at 963-4265, or emailing Program Director Paul Gugel at [email protected]
Throughout the past 11 years, $40,000 has been raised from a variety of fundraisers to help families meet needs beyond METS guidelines.
CiTi’s METS program is one of nine throughout the state.
Families may be eligible if they have moved across school district or state boundaries within the past three years so a parent or guardian could secure agricultural employment.
Gugel said approximately 15 full-time and part-time migrant specialists and tutors assist between 500 and 600 families annually throughout the four counties.
Added support includes invitations to METS parent meetings so migrant farm worker families can familiarize themselves with school expectations and services.
“We’re sometimes a life-line for families,” he said. “We meet them when they first arrive and our staff offers a lot of support to ensure their success in educational settings.”