WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Blue Ribbon Commission's Turnaround Suspension Program is starting up again after it was forced to close down due to lack of funding.
A check for $10,000 was given to the program Tuesday after many private donors chipped in. The money will help fund a part-time coordinator position and the BRC's new facility, the city-owned Hemenway Center, for the remainder of the school year.
Turnaround is open to D.C. Virgo students who have been suspended for less than 10 days and provides academic support as well as anger management, self-efficacy, gang prevention, and mental health supports.
BRC's Executive Director Jana Jones-Halls said offering several services is vital for children, because they can help get to the bottom of what can only look like a behavioral problem.
"Until we stop and look at the bigger picture of what's going on with their lives, what's going on with their family we won't know what's going on," Jones-Halls said. "If these kids are coming to school hungry, can you imagine how they might react to something so simple that then gets them in that cycle of getting in trouble?"
The program aims to keep students in a safe and structured environment in order to keep them on track academically while suspended, provide one on one counseling, and provide meals each day that they may miss while not in school.
It will start again full-time December 1.