Marion County Revamps Healthy Grandfamilys Program

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The Marion County School Board is revamping one of its longtime programs to help caregivers in their community.

Marion County School Board (WBOY image)

“Healthy Grandfamilies” is a collaboration between Marion and Harrison County Family Services, Tygart Valley United Way, WVU Extension Services, WV Legal Aid, and Marion School Systems.

Grandparents raising school-aged children can meet with a group once a week to learn about a variety of topics.

Program Outreach Coordinators explain how to navigate the school system, social media, technology, nutrition for themselves and children and more.

“West Virginia is second in the nation for grandparents raising school-aged children, and we are feeling that impact in Marion County,” said Marion County Schools Superintendent Donna Hage. “It’s important for us to build relationships in communities so that we can have those relationships with families so students can focus on learning. We know that when we have that confidence and students can’t worry about things that are basic needs, then they can thrive.

Marion County Public School Bus (WBOY image)

The next eight-week course begins in March and Hage is very excited about the networking opportunity this course provides for large families.

“There are other parents who are raising school-age children, and they can choose to come together through these classes where a meal is provided as well as child care and for one evening during these eight weeks, they can talk about things that concern them, problems that they encounter and develop this network of support system,” said Hage.

Additionally, if large Marion County families raising children are not attending classes, social workers will be available to provide support.

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