The Marshall Public Schools Social Work Department includes the S.A.F.E. program, H.O.O.T. Resources & Homeless Education, and many other support and referral services for families in need. The following staff comprise the department and strive to stay informed and be involved to best meet the needs of students and families.

Lindsey Parton, MSW, LMSW

Social Work Department Supervisor

Therapeutic Learning Center Social Worker

660-886-7414, ext. 10136

Eden DeGonia, BSc(Psych)

Social Services Designee

660-886-7414, ext. 10121

Jason Varner

District Home/School Communicator

660-886-7414, ext. 10133

S.A.F.E Program

(Seeking Acceptance for Everyone)

The S.A.F.E. program was developed by Marshall Public Schools to help provide services to students and families who need support to be successful academically due to financial struggles, housing concerns, physical or mental challenges, and/or family structure, etc. It is an effort to assist every Marshall student to have the most positive educational experience possible. The S.A.F.E. program is an umbrella term used for any programs and resources offered through the Social Work Department. This program was initially based on the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act which stemmed from the No Child Left Behind Initiative. This is now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and provides guidance and resources for serving students experiencing homelessness. There are budget dollars set aside to help meet the needs of our homeless students, and the H.O.O.T. resources have stemmed from this funding, which are discussed in the next section.

The S.A.F.E. program recognizes that homeless students are not the only ones affected by the sting of need, and functions to also provide for students who are at-risk for homelessness, who are struggling financially, or have other educational barriers where extra support is needed. This portion of the S.A.F.E. program is entirely funded through donations. A Stuff the Bus event is held in late Summer at Wal-Mart. The MPS Transportation department parks a bus, and the community is encouraged to “stuff” it full of donated school supplies. An annual Golf Tournament is held at Indian Foothills Golf Course in late May, as well, to stimulate funds for the following school year. Private financial donations are also appreciated, as well as donations of school supplies, hygiene products, laundry detergent, bedding, new or gently used coats, etc. Please feel free to contact us for further information, or click on the link below to donate now. We deeply appreciate your support.

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(Homeless Outreach Opportunity Team)

The H.O.O.T. Program is specifically designed to help address the unique challenges that students experiencing homelessness face. Students and families are offered assistance with enrollment, acquiring necessities for home/school, some transportation, some medical/dental/eye care needs, limited financial assistance for school programs and food service, as well as support and referrals to community agencies and resources.

Families can expect a one on one consultation with one of the Social Work Department staff, and will have access to the following resources:

H.R.C. (HOOT Resource Center) - Located at the Guest House at the Former Marshall Habilitation Center Property

The H.R.C. is a comfortable and inviting home atmosphere available to students and families to visit Monday – Friday from 2:00 – 7:30 pm. The HRC will open at 12:30 pm on early out days and for specially scheduled events. All resources are free! Visitors may take showers, do laundry, use the internet for homework, email, job applications, etc. Visitors can print off documents, research for homework, information, etc. Students will have a quiet place to work on homework and get assistance, if needed. A meal is available each night at 5:30 pm. Family and individual counseling is available weekly. Educational classes, family fun events, and other opportunities are available occasionally, as well. Transportation is available to/from the center for students and families. Please call the center for more info. High School and 7 th and 8 th grade students may ride Bus #12 to the HRC after school. 6 th grade and under need to have a parent/guardian with them to attend. Feel free to call the Resource Center Manager, Sheila Cato, with any questions you may have at 660-886-7414, ext. 20001.

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H.O.O.T. Tutoring

Held Tues/Thurs from 3:15 – 4:15 pm at Benton, Southeast, Eastwood, Northwest, BMS, and MHS. This is an opportunity for eligible students to have a quiet, uncrowded place to finish homework, do research, and seek help with understanding concepts, as needed. Tutoring is provided by qualified Marshall teachers. Starts 2nd Quarter. 

Project S.H.A.R.E

An annual event, Project S.H.A.R.E. (Safety, Health, and Resource, Education), was created in 2016 through a partnership between The Marshall Public School District, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency to help Saline County families and individuals get connected with the resources they need! Everyone is invited to attend this event. Access to medical and dental services, backpacks and school supplies, information and sign-ups for resources, as well as a number of fun and free activities can all be found at Project SHARE. Over 50+ community organizations and agencies are available at this event, allowing families to come to one location on one day to gain access to what they need instead of making multiple appointments.


Information about the event will be posted on the District News Feed, social media outlets, as well as on local newspaper and radio leading up to the event. 

Little  Free Pantry

The Little Free Pantries were built and placed by Mr. Hernandez’s Building Trades class during the 2017-18 school year. There are now four available in the community. The locations are: Yerby St. behind Covenant Presbyterian Church, the corner of Jackson and Jefferson at Burrell Behavioral Health, Northwest Elementary, and North St. United Methodist Church. The pantries are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The motto is, “take what you need, give what you can.”