Wesley Elementary School Principal Thomas Cotter proudly showed Superintendent Millard House around the school’s Parent Center, where families in need can come to get uniforms, school supplies, food, and even computer access.
The center is supported by HISD Wraparound Services, which provides HISD students the non-academic supports—like access to mental and physical health professionals, food, and housing—necessary for them to be successful in school.
Also on the tour were U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, HISD Board of Education Trustee Kathy Blueford-Daniels, and Deputy Superintendent Rick Cruz. As Cotter led them around, he praised Wraparound Services for helping develop students holistically.
“Wraparound Services has been essential in the progressive trajectory that Wesley Elementary School continues to exhibit,” Cotter said. “The partnership has afforded our campus a plethora of resources and programming that will have a lasting influence on our students, families, and school community.”
This year, to better support students throughout the ongoing pandemic, HISD has expanded the program, assigning at least one specialist to almost every campus. Additionally, HISD is launching 50 emergency food pantries through the Souper Bowl of Caring initiative, led by HISD Community Partnerships. The pantries will be open to students and families who need hygiene, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and other necessities.
Families who need support can complete a Student Assistance Form on the Wraparound Services website, and a member of the Wraparound Services team will contact them.