A mother is getting support from their community after fighting to get her kids back into the schools they attended before the family became homeless.
Candice White, of Jackson, Miss., worked for weeks to get her kids re-enrolled in the schools they attended before they lost their home, which is allowed under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, WLBT reports.
She made countless phone calls and even missed worked to make sure her four kids could return to their schools.
It wasn’t until a local news station got involved that she finally started getting a response.
“The process went pretty quick,” said White. “We got everybody enrolled in school.”
Her kids are heading to elementary and middle schools in the Jackson Public Schools district.
Her 13-year-old son, Dominic, said he’s relieved to be returning to his middle school for eighth grade.
“We never had this problem, of like, getting in school. It’s all new to me and different, so it’s pretty much weird,” said Dominic.
Since sharing the family’s story, the community has come together to help support the struggling family. According to WLBT, some community members are working to fix up a house for the family.
“[White] is far from lazy, and she’s learning to be honest and do things right,” said Charlotte Wingard, who operates the shelter where Candice is staying.
Community members have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family.