By: Taylor Johnson & Sara Langworthy
“The strengths are in our kids. Our kids are really cool kids. They show up. They come everyday.”
— Scott Masini, Principal of Bruce Vento Elementary School
Despite the fact that students face challenges of trauma, neighborhood violence, and food insecurity, Bruce Vento school staff have built an energizing, supportive, healthy environment for their students. The staff are warm, welcoming and committed to each other and to the students. “You have someone here to pick you back up at Vento,” says Carolyn Rottman, the school’s behavior specialist.
The partnership with Family Innovations to provide mental health services for students in the school has deepened the trauma-sensitive environment, providing even more supports to student learning and wellness. Staff remind families of their counseling appointments and teachers welcome the Family Innovations counselors to work alongside students in classroom. “The staff have been wonderful...It’s been really collaborative. It’s a really unique environment,” reflects Kiley Krocak, mental health provider from Family Innovations. It’s not just the teachers working to make their classrooms more conducive learning environments, all of the staff at Bruce Vento are working toward a more trauma-sensitive environment. As Krocak points out, “You just see they’re willing to do what it takes to help these kids and reach out.”
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Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Learners is an ongoing partnership between the Extension Children, Youth, and Family Consortium and the Bruce Vento Elementary School. Together, along with many other partners, we are developing engaging learning environments that promote student learning and wellness.