Dave Schrandt, the director of student services for admissions, attendance and transfers—and Cy-Fair ISD’s homeless liaison, has been invited by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) to speak on a panel for a Congressional Briefing on Homeless Children next week.
The four-person panel will feature an expert on policy, an expert on research, a homeless liaison and a former homeless student and graduate who won the NAEHCY LeTendre Education Fund Scholarship—supporting children in homeless situations who wish to pursue a college education.
Schrandt’s presentation will focus on the trends of child and youth homelessness in Cy-Fair ISD, and how the district connects children and families to community resources like housing, food, clothing and health.
“I am both shocked and honored to be the only homeless liaison on the panel,” Schrandt says. “It’s a tribute to everyone involved in our program in Cy-Fair ISD, and I’m proud to represent our district as well as homeless liaisons across the country.”
Cy-Fair ISD serves more than 2,000 students through a $203,800 grant from the Texas Support for Homeless Education Program (TEXSHEP), which allows qualifying students to receive free breakfast and lunch, school supplies, physical education uniforms, a spring break leadership/math camp, math tutoring, tutoring at the Mission of Yahweh Homeless Shelter and a graduation cap and gown.