McLain High Lakewood CO is a unique suburban high school with amazing stories of resilience – will join Jeffco Eats program network
Jeanne Stongle helps students every day find answers to their questions about careers. She works in career development at Mc Lain High Lakewood CO.
I spent some time there during my organic farming career teaching six week sessions on Urban AG. We brought students to farm to learn on site about sustainability and organic growing in greenhouse and field crops. Harvest Mountain Farm Gardens was about a half acre full production farm serving chefs, farmers markets, CSA share holders. I have a passion to teach financial sustainability and career possibilities in small scale intensive farming .
This go around as Executive Director of Jeffco Eats I was talking to Jeanne about how hungry are the 550 students at Mc Clane. Her job is career development and this most diverse at risk population has many challenges including being hungry. Many of the students work full time and 40 to 55 hours a week besides going to school and often eat on the run.
McClane believes in the students to be cause oriented with community service and requires volunteering to develop life skills. Eighty percent of the students are on free and reduced lunch programs. The only additional food coming into the school for the 550 students are district food boxes and Jeanne did not know exactly who provides them.
We Are UniqueAs part of our unique experience, McLain/Long View High School offers a Career Development and Exploration office. That office is housed by Jeanne Stongle, our Career Development Coordinator. The Career Development Office is located on the first floor in room 118.
Our Student’s Success Is ImportantAt McLain/Long View High School, we have implemented a Career Development and Exploration program for our students. We want all of our students to leave High School on a path to succeed at their highest potential. We work with students on employability skills which include, but are not limited to career assessments, resume building, interview skills, job search skills, corporate expecations and other on the job skills. We offer employment help, job coaching, career assessments and internships. Researching companies and careers in class is a great activity but learning about a career by experiencing it in person is an even greater learning tool that often helps our students visualize their future. These experiences also enable our students to understand how their classroom and textbook education applies in the real world.
At any given day they can have 100 homeless children, said Jeanne Stongle. This can mean they are couch surfing. There are also students 18 to 21 years old at Mc Clane and adults who go back to school to get their diploma.
Bottom line is we are going to collaborate with Mc Lain High to provide food and some skills and they are going to help us by volunteering. Most of all we will get to know some of the students and love and encourage them while providing for some of their food insecurity needs.
We will be evaluating providing seven item food tote bags, snacks, and or produce. McLain has been on our list of schools we need to begin serving so it is a happy day that we connected and will move forward by end of August to bring some food to these wonderful students at Mc Lain High . It is located near Warren Tech and Red Rocks CC.