NEW HAVEN — Oftentimes, it is difficult explaining what are typically adult situations to children in a way that they can understand.
But it is something Dee Ingels does every day.
Ingels is the counselor at New Haven Elementary School, serving approximately 500 children in pre-school through sixth grade. Each year, she is given mandated topics she must discuss with the students, with this year’s being suicide prevention for the upper grades.
The counselor recently received a grant from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation that will help make the job easier. The grant was presented by Stephen Littlepage, administrator of the foundation, and will be used to develop age-appropriate curriculum for the sensitive topic, Ingels said.
She not only guides the students in situations that occur outside of the school, but also in intervention areas including social skills and effective education, which includes behavior.
“This grant will allow me to get supplies for children that will teach them how to get along with others, organizational skills, and how to set goals,” Ingels said.
She said she is grateful to the Claflin Foundation for the grant award, adding one DVD for counseling usually costs up to $139. With having so many children at multiple grade levels, costs can quickly add up, Ingels said.
The counselor said she has built upon her curriculum over the last 13 years, but the addition of the grant money allows her to introduce new programs.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.