Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Working to Fight Childhood Poverty 9/10/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
September 10, 2013
Pecos - The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD wants every student to stay in school. That requires understanding exactly the kind of challenges they face.
The staff is working to break down the barriers to support students at school and at home.
It's hard to believe that 70 percent of the students that walk the hallways of PBTISD are considered to be living in poverty.
While most school districts are in session, Pecos had the day off, but the reason may surprise you.
"I've been working with the teachers here to really focus in on their own attitude, beliefs and values about poverty," Dr. Donna Beegle, president of Communication Across Barriers said."We're really taking the time to reflect on how does poverty impact learning and self confidence."
Poverty is something the students of PBTISD know all too well.
"We have a little more of it than we would love to have," Clark Boyd, PBTISD superintendent said.
Boyd says they have students with bigger worries than a test. Some donít know when their next meal will be. Thatís why Dr. Beegle is in town; to help them figure out how to keep students in class.
"I spent 28 years of my life homeless," she said. "I know too much to be quiet and I know we're losing potential. When a school district focuses on poverty, they increase their graduation rates, they improve their attendance."
Teachers may not be able to change a student's home life, but they can help them change their life by getting an education.
"Education is clearly the way to leave poverty," Boyd said.