Josephine Peterson: Tacoma homeless shelter has new role in COVID-19 pandemic: Helping to educate kids

Returning to school is tricky for every family this year.

For families living in a shelter with limited Wi-Fi, the challenges can feel insurmountable.

“My biggest fear is that my daughter is going to fall through the cracks and not get the education she needs,” Felicia Drew said. “It’s touch and go. I don’t know what will happen.”

Drew and her 10-year-old daughter, Laurise Drew, are staying at the Tacoma Rescue Missions’ Adams Street Family Campus.

Laurise attends fifth grade at Tacoma School District’s Bryant Montessori School. She is in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) focused on English and math.

Her mother is concerned she won’t receive the specialized education she needs. At the end of the prior school year, Felicia said, they struggled with the laptop they were given, and class was generalized for all.

Felicia is meeting with her daughter’s IEP teacher to create a plan for

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