ROYAL CENTER — Leaders at Four County Counseling Center and Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School have been working together to make a new program available for at-risk students in the Pioneer school district.
The PRIDE program will begin in the fall for qualifying at-risk students in seventh to 10th grade at Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School.
The program will offer both group and individual assistance in developing and implementing organizational and study skills, Pioneer Regional School Corp. program spokeswoman Penny Bannon said.
Two case managers from Four County will run the program. They will be available to assist with functioning in the classroom setting and will collaborate with teachers, counselors and administrators, Bannon said.
“What we always have to look at is making sure every segment of the population has the best opportunity to be successful,” Bannon said. “Every school has the need to have more staffing for additional academic, social and emotional student support.”
Bannon has been working closely with Elizabeth Avery, director of school-based programming at Four County, and Tiffany Greiner, a Four County case manager, to develop the PRIDE program.
Although the program will target at risk students, there will not be specific criteria immediately, said Avery, who will be overseeing the project.
The program may have students who are struggling academically or students who have had a tough experience and need extra support, Avery said. Faculty at the school will be able to recommend a student who would benefit from the program.
Four County has been involved at the school in the past, but there has never been a formal program until now, Avery said.
PRIDE isn’t a long-term program, she said. The goal is to assist students with building skills necessary to function all day in school, whether they need help organizing things academically or managing stress, Avery said.