Teachers Association Contributes for Student Assistance Program

posted Dec 16, 2013, 6:16 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Dec 16, 2013, 6:22 AM ]
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured from left to right are Ryan Lengacher, President, DeKalb Education Association (DEA); Amanda Rice, DEA secretary; Trisha Prezbindowski, Director, Bowen Center’s DeKalb County office; Kimberly Fifer, DeKalb Middle School Principal; Paulette Bently, Bowen Center P.R./Marketing Specialist; Erin Howard, DEA treasurer and Wade Buchs, DEA vice president. 

AUBURN — The DeKalb Educators Association has contributed seed money to fund a student assistance program for DeKalb Middle School through the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services Inc.

Through a student assistance program, students have access to a set number of free counseling sessions each year with Bowen Center therapists. The school corporation pays an annual premium for the sessions. DeKalb Middle School is one of 17 northern Indiana schools with a Bowen Center student assistance program.

“We wanted to be able to put a program in place that will give our staff additional options to help a student in crisis,” said school Principal Kimberly Fifer. “We didn’t have anything like that in DeKalb County, and in order to do that we needed the finances to put it in place.”

“Students often have issues that interfere with their education,” said middle school teacher and DeKalb Educators Association President Ryan Lengacher. “DeKalb Middle School does its absolute best to meet the academic, emotional, social and physical needs of our students. Meeting the emotional needs of our students is sometimes very difficult. The Bowen Center’s counseling services will be an excellent asset to help us meet the emotional needs of our students.”

A Bowen student assistance program is designed to be an added tool for counselors. For any students using their free sessions through the school’s student assistance program, local professionals will be available through Bowen Center’s DeKalb County office in Auburn.

Founded in 1961, the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services Inc., is a private, not-for-profit, comprehensive community mental health center licensed by the State of Indiana Division of Mental Health. The center has 11 locations in 10 northern Indiana counties — Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash and Whitley.

Article from The Star on Saturday, December 14, 2013