Will my sponsorship guarantee that my child will attend school?

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Hi everyone,

I contacted Compassion with this question but I will post here in case anyone else has the same question. I am sponsoring two children (one is 9 and one is almost 7), and both are currently not attending school. It says that the reason my sponsored child in Nicaragua is not attending school is that there is a lack of economic resources. I am wondering if my sponsorship will guarantee that she attends school and if an extra monthly contribution would help the family and let her go to school.

Does anyone have any experience with sending electronic letters? Do the children receive the electronic letters more quickly than regular mail?

Thank you and God bless! :)

Bethany
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Hi Bethany! As far as the electronic letters go, they take about the same amount of time as a handwritten one. They are printed off in Colorado Springs and mailed along with handwritten letters to the country office and then sent along to your child's project after it's been translated. This process can take 2-3 months.
Each project addresses different needs that are determined by the staff in your child's country/community. If you look on your account under your child's information you should be able to see what types of things your sponsorship fees cover. Some cover tuition, uniforms, books etc. It really just all depends.
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Hey Bethany! It looks like Luz will be registered in school next year and Eva was not attending school due to lack of resources.

However, Eva was entered in our program on February 7, 2012 and the information we have is from February 1, 2012. I would expect that since entering our program, she has begun attending school, as is often the case. Her information will be updated next spring, but you are welcome to ask about her education in your next letter!
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KristenH and Shaina, thank you so much for answering my questions! I am a teacher and could not help but ask when I saw that these children were not attending school. :) I certainly plan to ask them about their education in my letters, too. Thank you again.

Bethany
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
My sponsored child is not attending school?.


The profile for one of our sponsored children shows that he is not currently attending school do to "financial problem". Does our sponsorship guarantee our child will have the financial resources to attend school?
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Is Mueloba guarantee that she will go to school when she is old enough it says to young and handicap. Dose that mine she will not go to school. Life group Bible study. What will they do to help her?
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Eleanor, I'm happy to take a look at your child's profile but regrettably, I could not find a child with the name, Mueloba, on your account. Can you please post her child ID number here? 
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Mueloba TH8130393 Life group bible study 3547812 Would like to know what country she lives in to
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Thank you so much, Eleanor! I found this sweet ladies profile and it does say that she's still too young to attend school (she's only 4 years old yet). This is the main reason she's not yet attending.

Her handicap is that she cannot stand or walk by herself. When she's old enough to begin attending school, she may be registered and someone will help her to get back and forth to school. However, if the center is only able to provide her with transportation to and from the project and she's not able to receive help getting to school, the center will ensure she still receives education at the project.

Because she was just recently registered in our program however, the staff are now thankfully aware of her handicap and can now get her the help she needs. She may begin to receive physical therapy or medical assistance that will enable her to begin walking on her own. So we might just see in her next child update, that her parents and the project are able to register her in school as she'll be old enough to attend at that time. We serve a big God and I'm praying and believing for this with you! :) 
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Thank you very much.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
My sponsored child is no longer attending school. What does the sponsorship provide?.


We received a letter from our sponsored child (14 yrs old) saying he no longer attends school because "I was not interested to learn." I know the community center provides other activities for the kids, but he seems too old for most of what they do there, but too young not to be in school. I'm wondering how our sponsorship is directly effecting our child at this time, or if it just going to the community.
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Amanda, I appreciate your care and concern for your child! Education is very important and he needs to receive at lease some vocational training to succeed. 

Each student center is empowered to provide the greatest needs within their community. Our student centers always provide holistic child development in the cognitive, social, physical, and spiritual areas of development. The country and center are able to decide what that looks like in their culture and context. 

Many of the communities where we work in Guatemala have a particular problem with malnutrition and so this is our focus there. Children are provided with a substantial snack every time there is an activity
at the student center. The student centers also provide special meals for
celebrations and extracurricular activities organized by the staff. A typical
meal consists of meat (chicken or beef), rice, vegetables and tortillas. They
may also have chicken broth, a piece of chicken, vegetables and tortillas.
Snacks may consist of cereal and a banana, a sandwich with cheese and ham along
with chips and a fruit, a tamale with bread. For drinks they will have a hot
beverage called atol made of different cereals like corn and wheat. In the hot
areas of the country they get get lemonade or fruit juices. Student centers
provide food so that they can contribute to the children's nutritional diet.
Also, there are some cases in which children's families do not have enough food
to feed lunch to their children, and the student center provides them with a
nutritional snack that supplements the children's needs. 

I have seen situations in which children have dropped out of school because they need to support their families or because they have lost interest in learning. In most of these situations, their decision to drop out was made outside of Compassion. Our staff will do everything they can to get that child back in school the next year and will provide supplementary education in the mean time to make sure they stay on track. 

In Guatemala, secondary education is available only for adolescents who live in towns that
have secondary schools. Adolescents can apply to public schools which charge only small fees that are paid by the caregivers. The problem is when there are no available spaces in public schools
and parents have to enroll their children in private schools. Funding then comes
from parents or caregivers and most times the adolescent also gets a job in
order to pay for his education. We are partnering with Instituto Tecnico de Capacitacion y Productividad
-INTECAP- (Technical Training and Productivity Institute) a government entity
that provides vocational training for individuals and employees. However, INTECAP is only available in major towns so Compassion provides the vocational training in the smaller towns. 

It looks like your sponsored child made it through the US equivalent of the 8th grade and it could be possible that it will be difficult or could cost him more than they can afford to go to high school. However, we will make sure that he receives vocational training so that he can at least support himself and  his family when he completes our program.
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Amanda, I am so sad to hear that!  I am a fellow sponsor and that would break my heart!  I wonder if he was in the wrong grade level and it wasn't challenging or vise versa the wrong level and it was too hard.  Which country is he in and what was his last grade level.  I just sponsored a 14 year old girl in Guatemala and it lists her as 5th grade but I do suspect she is in 6th grade now by the last "update" date. 


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Denise,

I was looking at your young man's file and it looks like he has struggled quite a bit in school. We are focusing on vocational training with him since school is not his forte. As a side note, you bring up a good point that Burkina Faso is one of our countries with a higher completion age. Many of our countries have increased the completion age to help more of our children get through more education and be better situated when they complete. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
No funds to study?.


In a letter from my sponsored child at the end she said that she is not studying because her parents did not have enough money for her to study. I thought this is what my money was helping her to be able to study?
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Janelle, 

We so appreciate all that you are doing for your two children! Your support is helping to change your children's lives forever. Our program looks much like what would be called an after-school program here in the US. Each student center is empowered to provide the greatest needs within their community. Our student centers always provide holistic child development in the cognitive, social, physical, and spiritual areas of development. The country and center are able to decide what that looks like in their culture and context.  The benefits of the program include:
  • Educational opportunities

  • Improved health care

  • Life-skills training

  • Sponsored children will also have the opportunity to follow Jesus Christ in faith and deed as part of their spiritual training.


I would be happy to look into your child's specific area and situation. Since you are sponsoring multiple children, please clarify which child you were wanting to inquire about. 
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I am concerned about 2 of my older boys...  Fryan, in Indonesia (I0659-0037), says that he can only continue if he has financial assistance - he has not yet finished high school and is an orphan staying with his uncle.  Kelvin in Kenya ( KE7030418) said in his last letter that he is now attending a boarding high school.  Are his expenses covered and will he be attending the same project as previously?
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Jan, thank you for your care for your two boys. I certainly understand your concern as Compassion realizes the importance of education and the impact it can have on a child's future. 

According to our records, Fryan is still attending school and is currently in grade 10. At minimum, Compassion programs seek to ensure completion of primary school, which your boys have. The project may be providing as much support as they are able to help him continue through high school but sometimes, that does not cover all expenses and the guardians will have to assist with the cost. Please rest assured that as a holistic child development program; Compassion wants to empower your child so that he can at least support himself and his family when he completes the program. In saying this, if there comes a point when Fryan can no longer attend public school due to finances, he will continue to receive vocational training so that he has life skills to help him find a job when he graduates. 

In regards to Kevin; education is very important and of high value to Kenyans. They see education as a key to success. Our records do indicate that Kevin is currently attending school and in grade 10. Students often times receive assistance of other villagers who contribute funds through a self-help system known as Harambee (meaning, "Let us pull together")!  Although I do not have information on how is boarding school costs are being covered, members of the community may be helping him with this. Our church partners in Kenya do pay some fees while the caregivers are required to pay the remaining portion. I want to encourage you that currently, Kevin is still attending the same project. His boarding school may be very close to the church so that he can still easily attend. If it is too far for him to travel back and forth, the project staff will look to find another project for him to attend that is closer to his school. I encourage you that if anything changes in your child's status or if he switches projects, we will contact you. :)
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Emily, your comments were so helpful and interesting. How would I go about finding out if I could contribute to Fryan's education so he can finish high school?  With his not having parents, I'm sure there is less incentive from the guardian to try to pay for the education...  He has not been a good writer - twice per year for all the 4 1/2 years I have sponsored him, while my other IO kids write 4+ times per year - so I would have to wait over 6 months if I was to inquire by letter to him.
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Hi again, Jan! I so appreciate your desire to help get him through school :). It is very evident that you care deeply for this boy and we are grateful that you are his sponsor.

Although we do not have a way for you to donate specifically towards your child finishing high school; you're always welcome to send a monetary gift to Fryan that he may use towards his education. You can send the following monetary gifts: 

Birthday Gift $10-$100 
General Gift $10-$100
Family Gift $25-$1,000

Also, when your child completes Compassion's program, you may send a Final Graduation Gift between $10-$2,000.

On average, it takes 2-3 months for gifts to reach him. On your gift, you can make a note that you would like him to use it for the costs to finish his high school. Our staff will discuss the gift with him and his family and they help him make a wise decision on how use your generous gift. The project staff encourages him to use the gift towards his greatest needs at that time. You will receive a thank you letter in the mail 6 months after you send your gift, letting you know how it was used. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My child quit school..

Hello, I have a correspondent child from Thailand I just got today. It says he quit school because he couldn't pay attention. I am wanting to encourage him to go back to school, but didn't know if he quit or was kicked out. I don't want to say anything that may make him feel bad, especially if he wants to go to school but can't. Also, isn't there some type of school that could help him? I'm just so concerned for him because he is so young. Thanks!
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Hi Anna! There is another note on this young man's file that says that his parents work far away from home. This was discouraging him in school and he couldn't pay attention to his studies. It sounds like there may a bigger problem here in that he may have to travel long distances, may be tired, and may not be getting the kind of encouragement he needs at home to stay in school. I know that many parents in poverty struggle with taking a younger child to the student center, let alone school, when they have to work long hours, especially if their work is far away. Without cars or bikes, they must walk or take a bus if possible. Compassion always provides supplementary education for our children, especially if the child is unable to attend school for a time. Our goal is that each child would be able to at least complete a primary school education and some vocational training. When a younger child drops out of school, the staff will work hard to make sure he is able to get back into school the next year. It sounds like in this case, staff will have to make home visits to encourage education within the home and come up with solutions together so that he can stay in school. This may be a great opportunity for you to really encourage him to go to school and do well in school through your letters. I am sure that he could use a positive adult influence in his life encouraging him to reach higher and set higher goals for himself. 
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Ok awesome! Is there anything I can do like buy a bike or something to help him go to school easier
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Anna, you know, that might help! In Thailand, bikes can cost anywhere between $20-40 USD. You are welcome to make a donation by logging into your "My Account." Click the button for "Additional Giving" and use the drop-down menu for Family Gift to select the amount. In the check out, please click the link that says, "I have special instructions regarding this donation," Write in the space provided that you would like the gift to be used for a bike to get to school or something along those lines. 

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Question.

I just sponsored another child and it says that she doesn't attend school due to financial difficulties. Will my monthly support help her attend school?  
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Hi Crissy! Many of our children are not able to attend school before they enter our program because of extra fees that it costs to attend such as uniforms, books, and other materials. Education is so very important and at minimum, Compassion programs seek to ensure completion of primary school. It's likely that she was not in school when she entered our program however, she was just registered into Compassion's project in 2014 and formal updates on the children are done every two years. Because of your support, Neteru's project is able to provide educational materials, payment of school fees, tutorial classes, and life skills training in the center. Your girl is likely registered in a school now that she is in our program. I would encourage you to ask Neteru in a letter if she is now attending school. If she mentions in her response to you that she still cannot attend, then we can certainly look into her situation further but I am guessing you will receive good news that she is active in school and taking classes :). 
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Thank you!  I didn't realize the kids enter the program first and then wait for a sponsor.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The info on my child's website says she's not in school because of financial prob....

Will she go to school?
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Hi Jenna! It looks like Mahelet was registered just last year in 2014 when she was still 4 years old. Her center provides tuition for those in school. My guess is that instead of a financial problem specifically, it is that she was very young to start school and may not have been able to begin school prior to starting the program. Compassion's program is providing supplementary education to make sure she is ready and has what she needs to attend school at the right age. 
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MEALS:

Hi, sorry, may be off topic:

Does a sponsored child only get only one sponsored meal each day? What about those whose families cannot provide the other meals of the day?

Does the sponsored child get the sponsored meals on other days if the child center only has weekly classes/activities?

Thanks.
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Hi Chak! When a child comes into the Compassion program, they are given a full health assessment. If they have nutrition deficits and are not receiving enough food, they are given food and vitamin supplements and their guardian is counseled on good nutrition and sanitation. Also, each time the child attends the project they will receive a meal or hearty snack, depending on the time of day. Throughout a child's time with Compassion, they will receive scheduled health and dental monitoring to ensure they maintain good health.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled why can't my child go to school?.

I correspond with a child named Tamiru he has a sponsor but he still is not getting to go to school. why? his number is ET1650141. If we need to we may be able to send him to school, how much dose it cost? and don't sponsored children go to school with the money we pay!
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Hi Marcy! As others have pointed out, many children in Africa start school later. Also, many children are unable to start school prior to starting the Compassion program. It looks like Tamiru was registered at the same time that this first case study was done in March 2014. He is still quite young at age six. Most likely, Tamiru is in school now that he is in the program or will be soon. 
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Hello,

I just received my first letter from Florencia (ME9140175), and she told me that she is no longer in school.  I'm sad to hear of this, because education is so important.  Will she at least receive vocational training so that her life will improve?  I'm very concerned about her future.

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Rebecca, thank you so much for the care and concern you have for Florencia. Compassion tries to keep the children in school as long as possible but our projects work hard to ensure that children finish at minimum, primary school. Our records indicate that as of June of this last year, she was still in school and in the US equivalent of grade 9 which I am so encouraged to see! Because children like to keep their sponsor's up to date on their daily lives but don't always elaborate on the details but rather share the bigger picture, it's very possible that your child is just on a break from school for a few weeks and will resume shortly. You might ask her this in your next letter :). 

I want to encourage you that even if Florencia is no longer in school, Compassion provides supplementary education to these children so that they are able to continue learning outside of the classroom and still develop in their God given potential and skills. Compassion Mexico currently works with materials additional to the national certified curricula for teens of 12 to 18. This includes leadership development skills to help move teens to become leaders from the beginning of their teenage years. Vocational training varies from project to project, but some of the vocational trainings offered include carpentry (which is the most popular in your child's community), painting, cooking, computer classes, English, hammock making, silk screening, embroidery, hair styling, and chicken and fish farming. The center considers the resources and skills available in Florencia's community and church and helps her select her vocational training accordingly. At Filipos Student Center, the staff and tutors also provide each child with reading and writing classes. You might ask her what vocational skill she is currently learning :). Please rest assured that your child's education and growth is very important to us and our staff will ensure that she is continuing to develop and learn while at the project.
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Can I get some information on schooling for 2 of my kiddos (by the way, I LOVE that you are willing to give us these extra tidbits!!) I recently noticed that for Jor-Aekue TH8170097 it says he is not attending school as he is not interested in it. Is there more info here? Like someone said above, I'd like to address it with him as I've sponsored him for over 4 years and feel like I can have that conversation with him but didn't want to be insensitive to any other situations going on.

Also, for Sasahu ET1650082, it says she's not attending for financial reasons. I've been assuming that just hadn't been updated since she joined the program but I worry about her because she's an orphan and living with "friends" so thought I should make sure of the situation. Also, do you have any info on who the "friends" are? What their connection is to her and her family?

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the same as above
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Ceri and Eleanor, projects also near the Burma border that note there may be children living in Burma and attending the project on the border are: TH982, TH808, TH954, TH806, TH813, and TH998. Now, project TH365, TH940, TH322, TH323 and TH378, mention their close proximity to the border but don't specify that Burma children might attend these centers. We also have many other projects near the Burma-Thai border but don't mention in the community information that Burma children attend. Because of this, I cannot confirm whether they may have children that cross over the border to attend the project.
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Thank you!
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Thank you.
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Okay - couldn't resist. Have just sponsored :)
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Susan, it sounds like my new little one ae-sa-tor is from the same project. Do you know if he lives in Burma? This answered my question because he is almost 11 and only in 1st grade so I was wondering what was going on
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Good morning, Anna! Ae-sa-tor is actually from project TH813 while Kristen's child is from TH817. These projects are 181 km away from each other. Although they're not from the same project, I did some digging about Ae-sa-tor's community and Baan Mae Sa Rit is 240 km north of Tak. This means that he is living on the Thailand side of the Burma/Thailand border :).  In addition to the information Susan gave above about schooling for these children, our records also indicate that Ae-sa-tor was not able to successfully test out of the first grade when he attempted. This is why he is still in grade 1. However, our tutors and project staff will be working hard with him to help him improve his grades and testing so that he can continue on in school! Thank you for your prayers for him with his education as it's so important for these children!
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I sponsor a girl from Mexico named Fabiola. She turns 4 on May 27th. I was wondering if Compassion knows at which age she would start school in that area and if most children attend. Is there a fee for them? I just wanted some basic information on how the schools are structured in her area of Mexico.

I also have a 7 year old boy in Tanzania. I know he is in school but was wondering how those schools are structured as well. Thank you.
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Hi Diana! The school year begins in August and most children start school around age 3-6 years old in San Antonio el Grande where Fabiola lives. Her file says that she is not in school because she is too young so I imagine that they are just waiting till she is a little older. Regrettably, I do not have a specific date of when she will start school. The center does not provide tuition fees for school but public schools are free.

The school system in Tanzania begins around age 5-6 years old  (if the family can afford it). Taisamo was already in US equivalent of Kindergarten when he was registered into the program a year ago in May 2014.

I hope this extra information helps to put things a little more into perspective for you! Let us know if we can help in any other way.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Child not attending school.

It says damarius is other instead of attending school what does this mean?
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Hi Kevin. I am sure this can be concerning for you. I did as much research into Damaris' situation as I could for you. A couple things could be going on, but my best answer is that on the date they updated her information, she wasn't attending school. School begins in August for children in Mexico. Her information was put into the system on August 1, 2015. Because of that, I think the staff may have taken the "Is this child attending school?" question very literally. She probably didn't begin school on August 1. She was attending Kindergarten according to her update in 2013. Does she ever talk about school in her letters? I'd first encourage you to ask her in a letter if she is attending school.
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Thanks for the answers yes she does talk about it and says she does good is why I was worried when it says other. Thanks for the info I will ask in my letter to her. God bless
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I just received a letter in the mail from our precious Abigail.  She says she is unable to attend middle school because of lack of funding.  She has been going through so much with family problems. I hate to see her not be able to finish school and not be able to realize her dream of becoming a teacher.  Can someone look into what can be done for her for me?  Thanks and God bless!
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Hi Heather! That's incredible that she wants to become a teacher and thank you for encouraging her in this dream. Passionate teachers that care about education and finishing well, are always needed! I know that Abigail's mother is not employed and her father is sometimes employed as a merchant but it may not be a job that's consistent. The community she lives in doesn't have a high school for the children to attend which is why the center really focuses and hones in on ensuring that great vocational options are available for the children. But Abigail is still in primary school and so I wonder if the center was assisting with some of the fees but her parents were unable to cover the portion that they normally were able to in the past. My prayer is that it's just a season and that she'll be back in school soon. I have seen this a few times with children, that they stop attending if they're going through a rough financial patch but the center ensures they start attending again in the next school year. 

If you send us a copy of the letter, we can check on her situation for you. Thank you for caring about her education!
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Thanks, Emily. When I get home I will scan and email it. Thanks!