New Dawn


New Dawn

NEW DAWN

New Dawn students and alternative program students are most often chronic non-attenders and have a potential underlying mental health challenge that is causing them to miss school.  Most commonly the students that are involved in our New Dawn program have high levels of anxiety.  Many of them have expressed that they did not like the atmosphere of a large secondary school setting.  Typically, students are involved with the New Dawn program for one school year.  Once here, we work on strategies to hopefully prepare them for rejoining the regular school system.  They work on their high school credits using independent learning booklets with teacher assistance and fellow students on various subjects like art, gym and careers.  We work together to deal with their anxiety and introduce them to the greater community with regular tours of different businesses and services in our area.  We also take part in workshops and volunteer opportunities.  We feel this exposure to the community is an important stepping stone to further prepare them for their future.  Since we have a maximum of 12 students at a time per year, the students have a chance to create strong relationships with their peers.  Often times this revolves around the table with food.  Students often come to school and eat breakfast here, with each other.  They are aware that our Nutrition for Learning program is safe for them to access and they all feel comfortable to do so.  Nutrition for Learning has allowed our program to feel like a second home, a safe place for our students and we are very grateful for that.  Not only does the food they have access to help create these bonds but also it is an essential part of nutrition that ensures that they can stay focused at school.