From Interagency Programs
One special education student received word that he would be interviewing for a position at Safeway. He was in transition from a group home to his mother's apartment and had no clothing suitable for an interview. Having InvestED Funds gave school staff the ability to help him overcome that obstacle and he now has an interview outfit for future career opportunities. As the school year progressed, school staff saw which students had needs and knew what their various living situations were and the challenges presented. They were then able to use InvestED Funds to meet their needs by purchasing backpacks and belts for many students. Those students were using old shoelaces, safety pins, and bandanas to tie their pants around their waists and did not want to do schoolwork at home because they would have to carry the materials in the rain. Now those students proudly carry their belongings (including extra schoolwork and homework) in their backpacks and have strong, proper belts to hold up their pants. One student was working full-time and trying to finish high school. He had been working for years to help support his single mom and younger siblings. His job required him to wear black shoes, but he only had one pair which he also wore to school, and they were starting to look bad from so much use, especially the wear and tear at work. Using InvestED Funds, school staff helped him purchase another pair just for school.