Social Workers

Students have the potential to learn from every person and situation they encounter. Students, parents, educators, and community members all have a role to play in educating students. In an ideal world, everything would work well together and students would achieve success in school and life.

However, too often this isn’t reality. Many students encounter barriers and miss resources along the way. Some students develop physical or emotional problems that limit their ability to participate fully in school. Others are distracted from learning with concerns brought on by financial hardships, substance abuse, child abuse, lack of health care, school climate and a host of other issues.

Social Workers with Purposity items

Purposity App Items Needed

November 16, 2022

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.

Under this program, State educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.

Read about the BCSS McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program.

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an attachment-based trauma-informed approach that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children by providing support to staff and parents who are helping children from hard places.

Learn more about TBRI.

For more information & training opportunities, contact:

Jennifer Benford

Lead School Social Worker & System Homeless Liaison

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Feeding Barrow is a Barrow County School System program that is aimed at closing the hunger gap for food insecure students. Since the launching of the program, Feeding Barrow has been able to provide over 300 students with foodbags. That is 84,000 meals per school year! We partner with three non-profit agencies to provide weekend meals to students who would otherwise not have enough food to eat.

Spirit of Sharing Mobile Food Drive:

free & reduced school meal application:

Golden Radish Award

Barrow County School System has earned the Golden Radish Award for the last two years. ...

If you knew a kid down the street had a simple need – say she needed sneakers for school – chances are you’d help, right?

But, it’s hard to know the needs of real people in your community because there’s never been a way to connect people who could really use help with people who want to offer it.

Enter a new app: Purposity. Its name comes from purpose + generosity, and it’s designed to connect the individual needs of people near you with neighbors, like you

To join the movement to support Barrow County students and families, download the app from the App Store or Google Play and create a login. Then, be sure to follow BARROW COUNTY SCHOOLS.

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social work contacts

Jennifer Benford

Lead School Social Worker & System Homeless Liaison


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Stephanie Byrd

School Social Worker

ALT/Online Program, WMS, KES, AES

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Laura Navarro Etheridge

School Social Worker


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Jennifer Newkirk

School Social Worker


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Professional Organizations

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