The impact of today’s recession has affected the day-to-day living standards of many families in the Lima community. Concerns about whether enough money is available to meet basic needs put undue pressures on their family relationships.
How these pressures affect the children of these families is frequently overlooked. Fear of not having enough to eat or a secure place to live is very real to young people. When young people cannot cope with these fears they bring insecure feelings into the learning environment of the schools. Learning becomes difficult for them because they focus on their fears rather than on the learning lesson.
The Lima schools’ Drug Free Mentoring Program is recruiting volunteer adults who will be willing to mentor on a one-to-one basis with one of these students. The mentor will help the student cope with everyday concerns and develop goals. If you are interested in helping a student during these difficult times in the student’s life, contact the Lima schools’ Safe Drug Free Mentoring office at 419-996-3774.
Donald H. Miller is Lima schools’ Safe Drug Free coordinator.