Monday - July 10, 2017 2:43 am

Program at Northside hopes to help students deal with trauma, stress

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Students there come from an "area in the
community that has a high rate of police contact."

Northside Elementary is hoping a pilot program will help students better deal with trauma and stress.

David Stoeffler, executive director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, said Northside students face unique challenges.

"One of the continuing challenges is, children in that community, come to school with a lot of trauma in their lives - death in the family or divorce," Stoeffler said. "It's also an area in the community that has a high rate of police contact."

The program deems to make Northside a trauma-informed school and has set a fundraising goal of $4,000. The program will partner with professor Betty DeBoer from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to help students.

"She'll be spending a lot of time trying to help the teachers better understand how to interact with students who are dealing with trauma in their lives," Stoeffler said. "We've seen, across the district, a lot of interest in these issues. So, hopefully there'll be some solutions developed at Northside that can be used across the district."

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Drew Kelly

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