Homeless Education

  • The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program is a special program designed to meet the needs of children and youth who are homeless. A student is considered homeless if he/she lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The homeless education program helps students enroll in school even if they lack the required paperwork. It helps them attend their original school or a school where they are currently living. It makes sure that these students receive services comparable to those received by their classmates.

    Who qualifies as a homeless student?  A homeless student could be

    • sharing a house with other persons due to loss of housing (these may or may not be relatives);
    • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds because of a lack of other accommodations;
    • living in emergency shelters, or
    • abandoned in hospitals. 



    The Hallsville ISD Nutritional Backpacks for Kids Project provides nutritional meals and snacks on weekends and holidays for children whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria. Each child receives a backpack with food every Friday during the school year. The cost to fill a child's backpack with food every Friday is approximately $160 per student. The students who participate in the program are identified by campus counselors and teachers. Counselors meet privately with students and explain the details of the program.  

    A donation of $160 per year will ensure that one child has food in his backpack every weekend and on holidays during the school year. Your donation will make a tremendous difference in the life of a Hallsville ISD student. The success of this project depends entirely on contributions. Hallsville ISD partners with East Texas Food Bank for this program. According to ETFB, Hallsville ISD is the only totally self-sufficient, community-supported program they have in existence.  

    If you wish to partner with HISD and donate to this program, you can find more information in the link below.


  • Amy Whittle

    Amy Whittle
    Phone: 903-668-5990 ext. 5028