ESSER to the Rescue


Thanks to Title I/ESSER (Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, Antioch Upper Grade School was able to offer a social/emotional support program, free of charge to students. The program was offered after school in 3 different 4–5 week sessions that addressed stress management strategies and healthy coping skills. It was a student driven program based on social/emotional concerns students may be dealing with such as peer relations, academic pressure, self-esteem, anxiety, worry, etc. It was held in a smaller group setting and in a circle format to allow each student to have an opportunity to share or pass depending on their comfortability for the day. Students were identified and referred to the program based on teacher, parent, and/or self-referral and parents gave consent for their student to participate. Approximately 30 students participated in the program over all 3 sessions.