While visiting Northwood High School a few weeks back, a student asked Our Chatham about homeless students, which immediately drew our interest and attention. In a county of such wealth in pockets but despair in others, wasn’t there a shelter or some place these kids could call home? The county is working on options for children without such a basic need, but the quick answer is no – there isn’t, and hundreds of students are in this precarious spot of making do with little to nothing. Adrianne Cleven dug in to explain the matter further. A 17-year-old student at Northwood High School – to protect her, we’ll call her Kate – returns from her days working and attending class to sleep at her friend’s home.
Notes from the Siler City Board of Commissioners meeting on April 1
A group of about 30 gathered in the small upstairs courtroom chatting happily in Spanish and English before the Siler City Board of Commissioners meeting began. The meeting
was called to order at 7:01 p.m. Commissioner Thomas “Chip” Price led the
prayer, followed by the pledge of allegiance. At the meeting, the board heard a presentation of the Building Integrated Communities plan, a collaboration between the town, UNC Global and the Latino Migration Project, which aims to help local governments understand the needs of the foreign-born community and develop strategies to meet their needs. The presentation
was given by Isa Godinez and Jorge Gutierrez. The plan touched on eight key areas for improvement: communication, leadership, business and entrepreneurship, parks, housing, youth mental health, public transit and public safety/law enforcement.