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January 27, 2022



Here at Columbus, we realize that children come from a wide variety of backgrounds in addition to having different needs.  Sometimes those needs are to a varying extent but they are all crucial to the development of an individual and, when they are met, they allow a child to grow to their fullest potential.  That is why there has been a large effort devoted to ensuring our system has services in place to facilitate the whole person.  For this reason, we have a multifaceted approach to our offerings.   In building what we like to term our toolkit, we have also built strong relationships with community partners including, but not limited to, the MCHS, Wood County, MACY, MACF and CHW.  We are always looking to partner with other organizations that aim to better the lives of youth and families. 


Similar to other Social Emotional Learning Programs we have a multi-tiered approach that aims to address different and varied needs for students and their families.  Each fall we conduct the b.e.s.t Universal Screening to identify emerging behaviors which allows our educators to meet these needs in the classroom so academic and social success are the results.  This tool also allows us to identify patterns or tendencies that a group of students might benefit from some additional support on.  This could range from anxiety coping strategies to aggression issues. 


We will also be offering a Life Tools course for middle school students in the 3rd quarter that aims to develop self-awareness, self-management, and relationship skills.  Last year, we were able to offer stress-relief sessions for our students at OLP by trained providers in an effort to give them tools to cope during uncertain times.


Unfortunately, some issues could be a result of trauma sustained in or outside of the home and when this is the case, or when students would benefit from meeting one-on-one with a provider, we offer families the opportunity to have these appointments made at school, during the school day.  We recognize that families are busy shuttling between jobs and home or transporting their kids to co-curricular activities, extracurricular activities, etc.  This also minimizes the barriers or disruptions to schedules which are sometimes pivotal to a student feeling comfortable.


Photo Caption:  Last summer, one of our storage rooms was converted to a counseling room thanks to grant funding and an anonymous donation.  


New this year, we are offering a peer-to-peer training program that empower students to seek help and save lives. Through this training individuals are better prepared to identify at-risk students, provide friendship, identify suicide warning signs, and seek help from adults.


It is our goal that through these many pathways, we are able to assist all individuals ranging from silent strugglers to those needing an extra confidence boost, to be leaders of tomorrow and achieve the goals they dream of.  If you are interested in collaborating on any level with our school system with regards to these efforts, please contact us.