Dropout Prevention Program Success at Eden Elementary in Martin County
Students at Eden Elementary in Martin County are asked to dream big as the “Stay in the Wind” program comes to an end.
“Stay in the Wind,” a dropout prevention and career awareness program conducted by elementary teacher Trista Stafford, hopes to expose children early on to careers that are available in Eastern Kentucky.
The motto of the program is "Changing the culture of our school."
WQHY News attended Tuesday night’s program which focused on careers in communication.
Stafford goes on to explain how the program works.
“We have organized a monthly event where we have different guests with different jobs in a specific career cluster, whether it is health, science, human services, arts, communications and it gives the students opportunities and resources to know that any job is available to them.”
Martin County School Psychologist, Paul Baker, is very impressed with what the program has accomplished.
”I think that ‘Stay in the Wind’ is a really innovative program. The fact that we’re trying to show these kids the types of careers they can have in Eastern Kentucky that you don’t have to go somewhere to do some of these careers; they are out there and we want them to start thinking about that now so they are better prepared for the future.”
The program has had four different sessions with an average of 50 students per session.
The program was created after Stafford applied for a grant that allowed the school to receive full funding for the program.