Holland Patent joins Connected Community Schools


HOLLAND PATENT — Officials with the Connected Community Schools program and the Holland Patent Central School District along with students and members of the community gathered on Wednesday for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to signify the district’s inclusion in the program. The mission of the Connected Community Schools program is to ensure that the basic needs of students and families is met so that students can focus on their education. The effort, officials said, permits students to “engage in their education worry and struggle free, allowing them to be successful and have fun.”

Connected Community Schools is a collaborative initiative which combines efforts of more than 200 businesses and community-based agencies in pursuit of finding solutions to a wide-ranging array of challenges facing students, their families and the school community.

In each district, the program and its staff help to coordinate, streamline and deliver needed supports and resources to students and their families. The initiative has expanded its reach to serving 13 area school districts, 53 school buildings and more than 20,000 students.

Examples of areas where the CCS team can provide assistance include: housing, food insecurity, medical and dental issues, and mental health, according to the program announcement. The initiative, officials add, has been especially valuable for families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, program officials said, its school-based hubs pivoted to consolidate efforts into a central hub, “which inadvertently became the largest food pantry in Oneida County, assisting 56,000 unduplicated individuals across Central New York.”

In addition to the Holland Patent Central School District, other area districts participating in the Connected Community Schools program include: Adirondack, Camden, Canastota, Central Valley,
Dolgeville, Holland Patent, Little Falls, Madison, Oneida, Rome, Waterville and Whitesboro.


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