MADISON (WKOW) -- De'Jerah is a seventh grader in the Madison School District. She likes to read and write, and enjoys playing with her younger siblings. But but unlike normal seventh graders, De'Jerah used to be homeless.
Luckily for De'Jerah, her mother got her involved with a mentor from Madison-Area Union Ministry, who then enrolled De'Jerah in the Transition Education Program in Madison's school district. The program supports families experiencing homelessness by helping to provide for kids while they are at school.
On Sunday De'Jerah and her fellow classmates got recognition for a book they wrote together, called "Who We Are 2: Voices in Our Community". The book is a compilation of short stories and poems written by students in the program who have been or are currently homeless.
Yet the book is just a small part of the larger transition program. Through fundraising with things like the book, TEP is able to provide regular breakfasts and lunches, school supplies, and extracurricular funds for the kids like money for jerseys.
Jasmine Huchins, an eighth grader in the program, says her and her family started seeing positive results soon after joining.
"I started getting better grades, I moved to a better apartment with a washer and dryer and air conditioner...my life has been better since the program and it made me think about others," says Huchins.
The book event is just the beginning of a larger video campaign the school district will be starting this month. Over the course of the next six weeks the campaign will release one video per week, each time starring a different student who has been impacted by homelessness. Funds raised will be used to match a grant of $10,000, which means the program could have about $20,000 to help homeless kids throughout the Madison area.
For more information on the campaign or on how to donate, visit their page here.
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