HMHI program participant Ariey’Anna, six years of age, is making great gains in elementary school. When she completed first grade in May, Ariey’Anna received the Optimus Award. It signifies that she reached the educational goals set at the beginning of the school year.
Actually, Ariey’Anna surpassed her set goals and improved both her reading and spelling skills–vital skills that set the stage for school success. HMHI knows that this requires hard work and dedication throughout the school year. So, we congratulate Ariey’Anna on this accomplishment. We also want to acknowledge her mother, Heather, who continues to provide that all-important, unwavering support and guidance.
It has been proven time and again that excelling in school and stable home environments are linked. Homeless students live in uncomfortable or dangerous conditions, might not have a quiet place to do daily homework or perhaps don’t even have a place to sleep. Ultimately, homeless students transfer schools more often, are more likely to miss school, have lower standardized test scores, and are 87 percent more likely to leave school than their peers.
With the help of our supporters, the program at HMHI can provide that stable environment that allows children to achieve. We are happy to see Ariey’Anna start her elementary school years with a solid first year of accomplishment!