It’s often said it takes a village to raise a child, but in McDowell County in West Virginia, that might be easier said than done. The rural community is the highest in the state in unemployment, drug abuse, and poverty. Schools estimate nearly half of school aged children live apart from their mothers and fathers - often with grandparents or other relatives. Additionally, geographic and social isolation makes it difficult for many families to have access to enriching resources. Public schools and other organizations have partnered to change this - can providing support to parents and caregivers be the help this community needs?
McDowell County, WV, is a hard place to be a kid. The former coal mining community is the poorest in the state, with the highest rates of drug overdose, suicide, and heart disease. A new initiative, which includes the teacher union, is trying to turn this around.
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