Last year, Kalvin, a 3rd grade scholar at The Foundling’s Mott Haven Academy Charter School, was diagnosed with leukemia. After undergoing emergency surgery and starting cancer treatment, COVID-19 hit their community. Kalvin and his family found it difficult to balance medical visits and emotionally cope with the fear and uncertainty, all while adapting to remote education and the other challenges that came with the pandemic.
From the beginning, however, Haven Academy was there to guide the family along their new and uncharted path. The K-8 charter school, which combines a trauma-informed curriculum with social services that address the needs of the whole family, was uniquely positioned to provide a helping hand. Haven teachers worked with Kalvin’s parents to address his academic needs, ensuring that Kalvin received high-quality instruction that accommodated his schedule. School staff provided emotional support, ensuring that Kalvin and his family always had a listening ear. When the family found that their living situation – an apartment in a poorly maintained complex – posed health issues and complications to Kalvin’s recovery, The Foundling supported them in finding a new home. With The Foundling at their side, Kalvin and his family are hopeful for the future – and know they can work through any obstacles along the road ahead.