LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -Back to School is right around the coroner and some children need help getting supplies.
There is an organization called One Parent Scholar House, which provides single-parent families with affordable housing, higher education opportunities and a child development center with a five-star rating.
“It’s an easy way to make a big difference for our families,” said Mirsada Simic, program director of OPSH. “They are working hard to achieve self-sufficiency and security by improving the entire family’s education and training.”
The organization says while living at one of the 80 apartments, families receive affordable housing, child care and counseling on site.
They say the program is designed to help participants achieve personal growth and self-sufficiency through health maintenance, parenting skills, financial management, problem-solving, work skills and job search techniques. There are currently 77 families with 111 children being served.
Parents complete their college education or vocational training course work as full-time students, while children attend the Child Development Center or, if they are older, a local school.
Parents have gone on to receive various degrees and certificates, and often proceed to earn master’s and other graduate degrees.
In addition, 100 percent of the children in the program enter kindergarten ready to learn vs. 50 percent for the state.
Here are the school supplies needed for the young scholars:
• Pencil sharpeners
• Paper (any variety and color)
• Glue sticks
• Safety scissors (don’t forget about the lefties!)
• Lunch boxes
Donations can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the One Parent Scholar House Child Development Center at 1156 Horsemans Lane in Lexington.