Karen Barber

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

School starts Monday and Stuff the Bus has raised enough donations to send a backpack full of all necessary school supplies with every student who applied for assistance. But there are still needs to be met, so the drive to raise funds continues. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Since United Way of Santa Rosa County has been dissolved, many community organizations are picking up the slack for the needs United Way filled. One such project is providing school supplies for children at or below the poverty line, including the district’s hundreds of homeless students.   Read the full article in the May 16 […]

Second chance program for young offenders doubles in size

Second chance program for young offenders doubles in size

Assistance for Santa Rosa County students that have had run-ins with the law has expanded as the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Transition Program launched in February 2018 has more than doubled its reach. From emotional support counseling to academic tutoring to navigating complex transcripts, Student Intervention Specialist Cindy Peaden has expanded the number of […]

Navarre’s homeless students need landlords

Navarre’s homeless students need landlords

  Santa Rosa School District’s program to assist homeless students has hit a snag in Navarre. The One Family, One Year, One Home Tenant-based Rental Assistance Program has the funding to cover rent for 75 homeless families. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Sentencing to a juvenile detention center can throw a student’s academic progress into jeopardy. There are 315 students currently attending public school in Santa Rosa County who have had some type of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Many of those students have multiple offenses and some have been to jail. Read the […]

Santa Rosa provides homes for homeless students

Santa Rosa provides homes for homeless students

Once-homeless children and families in Santa Rosa County will be settling into their new residences soon as lease agreements are executed in the first round of placements for the Santa Rosa County School District’s pilot housing program. Officially called the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program, Santa Rosa County’s portion of a state grant totals $750,000 to […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]

Homeless students to receive housing through grant

Homeless students to receive housing through grant

A new housing grant will provide some of Santa Rosa’s more than 800 homeless students with a roof over their head. Santa Rosa School District Director of Federal Programs Karen Barber said the housing voucher pilot program would allow parents of identified students to receive a voucher that could be presented to qualified rental locations for […]

Answers never easy

Answers never easy

“Homeless in Paradise” ran in big letters on the front page a week ago as the Navarre Press took a deeper look at the suffering of those in our own county, and following the publication, we had one concerned citizen come into our office to look for deeper answers. She wanted to know why these […]

Homeless children need your help

Homeless children need your help

Recently, we ran an article on the homeless and unaccompanied students of Navarre. We were shocked by the numbers right here in our hometown. Our children were in school barely a month and already almost 500 were identified as in need, and that number is only expected to go up. As shocked as we were […]

Navarre students still face homelessness

Navarre students still face homelessness

Poverty in Santa Rosa County schools has hit an all-time high and the number of homeless students this year is expected to rise. Of the 28,233 students in the county 47 percent qualify for free or reduced lunches, and last year the number of students reported homeless or unaccompanied, meaning they are without a parent […]

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion. The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds […]

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Businesses of Santa Rosa will open their doors to students this school year to provide practical science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics learning through the school district’s STEAM INNOVATE business partnership program. Partnering businesses will provide experts to advise students, allow students to tour their facilities, provide internships and give them real world problems to […]

STEAM to push county students to next level

STEAM to push county students to next level

The Santa Rosa County School District rolled out with great fervor a five-year, $500,000 partnership with Discovery Education this week which promises to change the DNA of how students learn and how they are taught. Keynote speaker Cindy Moss of Charlotte, N.C., a presenter with Discovery Education, facilitated the three-hour STEAM Leadership Retreat with STEAM […]