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Sarasota County Schools and Sarasota YMCA Partner to Ensure School Enrollment for All Students

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SARASOTA COUNTY, August 10, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools and the Sarasota YMCA are teaming up to raise awareness about school enrollment options and resources for students and their families that do not have a permanent address. The McKinney-Vento Act of 2001 provides services that support the enrollment, attendance and success in school for students in residential transition. In Sarasota County, these services are provided through the Schoolhouse Link program, a partnership between the Sarasota County School Board and the Sarasota YMCA.

“Every child in our county has the right to a quality education,” stated Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We want to empower our community’s families and connect them with resources, like Schoolhouse Link, to help ease the strain that often arises during back to school preparations. Every family needs a support system and we are here to help. We want our students to succeed, and their home status should not hinder that success.”

“Our community’s children are important and we are committed to helping them,” commented Ellen McLaughlin, program director for The Sarasota Y Schoolhouse Link. “Back-to-school should be a fun and exciting time for students, not a time that causes worry and strife. We are here to take away the stigma of asking for help. Sarasota students in residential transition have a right to these services. We encourage families in need to contact us so we can help their students start off the school year with confidence and stability.”

To learn more about the Schoolhouse Link program, please visit:

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit

About Sarasota YMCA

The Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, the Y works to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.


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