Hornell City School District Starts a Family Resource Center

Hornell City School District (NY) used Elementary and Secondary Education School Counseling funds to hire three additional mental health providers to support students in Kindergarten through grade 6 in three different schools. With the extra support, these schools have been able to develop Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) teams. These PBIS teams reorganized the systems and structures in place to better support students. Teams also implemented and fine-tuned preventative measures to make students feel safer and more secure in the school environment. The grant also provided the district with the opportunity to jumpstart a Family Resource Center by partnering with ProAction. The center offered families a place to play and connect; workshops on parenting education; and information to support literacy, health and wellness, and other topics families identify as areas of need. One of the district’s goals this past year has been sustainability. Because of the impact the Family Resource Center has had, and the consensus regarding the importance of PBIS practices, plans are in place to ensure the continuation of these programs in the future.