The HEART Fund is an important part of helping students and families in distress. In every situation, all other options are exhausted before considering the use of funds.
Every dollar of the HEART Fund goes to helping the students in need. The majority of the financial support is used for students direct needs. Cash is not dispensed, but rather the program pays for something directly.
The Fund helps to pay for winter boots because little feet cannot play at recess without the proper protection. Some teens, living on their own, but still attending high school, have needed some rental payment assistance from the Fund. These situations arise, and students who are Unaccompanied Youth may not have the means to help themselves. Gas cards are used to get families living in campers, far from the range of a bus, or students who are “couch-surfing” to school each day. Regular and consistent attendance is required for this type of assistance.
Another unmet need for this year was found in Lice Treatment Kits. When students have lice they cannot attend school until they have been treated. The outbreaks come primarily from families living in tight quarters at one of our local weekly rental hotels. With the high price for these tiny rooms, many times families cannot afford the proper treatments. The Fund providing this kind of help allows for me to meet with the families and provide step-by-step instructions in eradicating these little buggers, so kids can return to school.
The HEART Program’s priority is to be sure that the students are able to attend school and have what they need to do so successfully. The kids are always the focus.
There are only two people with access to these funds and reports for every penny spent can be requested from the district office at any time.
If you are a business, church, group, troop, club, organization, or association I would appreciate the opportunity to come and speak at your next gathering. There truly is something simple every person can do to help these students.
This beautiful bike was donated by one of our regular volunteers, but needed a Helmet and a Lock before it could be gifted to a student. The HEART Fund paid for these items, and allowed a deserving young lady to look for a summer job a few miles from where she was staying, rather than just walking distance.
All Donations to be sent to:
School District 5
233 1st Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901