Hawthorne Elementary counselor Darrell Mercer and teacher Marcus Powers are doing everything they can to keep families engaged during distance learning.
Every Wednesday, they set up for office hours from 12-2 at Bradford Park Apartments to help Hawthorne students, families, and the community as a whole with any needs they may have – from academics and social emotional learning to food and clothing.
“The pandemic has shown us that we need to work even harder and work smarter with our community and with ourselves,” explained Darrell. “We want the families to know that we care about them – not just their academics, but the whole family.”
Darrell has worked at Hawthorne for five years, and Marcus is in his third year. It is clear they are all in.
“They are constantly looking for ways to get out into the community and bring parents in as our partners,” said Interim Principal Dana Kalbe.
Marcus and Darrell are there to provide help with course work, information on meal service and transportation, conflict resolution skills, technology assistance, and family engagement sessions.
“We want to also boost the academic understanding for the parents so they can then turn around and help the kids,” said Marcus.
“Parents whatever you need contact us,” said Darrell. “We will help you out. You are not in this alone. We are in this together.”