First-grader Deon couldn’t sit still. He couldn’t stop disrupting class. He couldn’t read at grade level. He couldn’t write. That’s how his teachers knew him: as the boy who couldn’t.
What does it look like when a child sits in a classroom for six hours a day unable to read at grade level? It looks a lot like “D.” D was chronically absent. When he did make it to class, he usually slept through it. His academic performance was so bad his teachers assumed he was completely illiterate. When he arrived at Elk Hill Charlottesville, our literacy specialist put that assumption to the test.
For Jenna, childhood ended early. The daughter of a single parent with a very low I.Q., at age 5 Jenna was already the closest thing to an adult on the property.But she was still a little girl, a little girl who was defenseless against the sexual abuse that took place in her home, the place where she was supposed to be safe.
For the first time, he has structure and supervision - and as a result, Karl has transformed. He's traded his swagger for genuine confidence.
"T" was an Elk Hill Varina student who found himself homeless after losing his mother to illness. He was living on the streets without a roof over his head and attending our school during the day. At 18, T needed a plan that could support him for the long term. He found it through our workforce development program, Education for Employment.