Hospitality & CareMuch of NCCP’s support is purposefully designed to foster a sustainable, positive school climate. NCCP works hard to ensure that all members of the school community, including teachers, feel supported, respected and engaged. In 2015-2016, NCCP provided a wide range of support for teachers which included, among other things:
Staff Appreciation Lunch: Each month NCCP or volunteers from a partner organization provide lunch for school employees. The purpose of the lunch is to recognize the teachers’ good work while creating an environment for camaraderie and communication among the faculty and staff. In total, 2,790 lunches were served to teachers and staff in 2015-2016.
Teacher Kits: At the beginning of the school year, each teacher received a box of “essential” supplies which included, among other things, tape, staplers, folders, markers, pens, paper, pencils and hand sanitizer. Additionally, throughout the year, ‘re-fill’ kits and other supplies are shared with teachers.
Student Care Closet: The purpose of the Student Care Closet is to ensure every student comes to school “ready to learn.” Among other things, the Student Care Closet stocks uniforms, warm weather clothing and school supplies which are distributed as needed throughout the year. In addition to clothing items and kits distributed through the Family Care Closet, a total of 110 clothing items, 7 hygiene kits and 10 school supply kits were distributed to students PK-Grade 12 through the SCC in 2015-2016.
Vision and Hearing Program: NCCP funds and facilitates vision and hearing screenings for required students and provides optometrist visits and eye glasses for referred students. In 2015-2016, 71 students, K-Grade 12 were referred to an optometrist, and/or received a pair of eyeglasses.
Backpack Food Distribution: The purpose of this program is to provide weekend food for children and families. The food items are delivered weekly by the Northern Illinois Food Bank. NCCP employees work with the school social workers and principals to register families for the program. NCCP employees and volunteers package and distribute the backpacks each week. During the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of 1,828 backpacks were distributed to 79 participating families. In addition to the above, NCCP, with support from community partners and volunteers, facilitated or executed a number of building and grounds maintenance projects around the district, as well as worked alongside