Rosie’s Fund began with a donation of $100,000 to EEF by a long-term educator in 4J schools. The fund was established to provide limited, short-term financial resources to elementary school staff and students in 4J to procure and implement effective interventions in support of elementary aged children (and their families) who are currently or have recently suffered severe trauma. Support is not to exceed $2,500 per student.
Who Can Apply for Rosie’s Fund Support?
Rosie’s Fund grants are currently available only to elementary (K-5) students and the staff who work with them.
District requests must come from staff in the following departments:
-Student Wellness and School Safety
-Social Workers, Behavioral Specialists, Counselors, or Psychologists
Building/School Requests must come from a School Counselor or Administrator
Eligible Interventions May Include:
-Access to a Skilled Trauma Clinician
-Access to translation services
-Membership fee assistance for sports teams or other extracurricular groups
-Access to basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, and school supplies
Other Eligible Requests:
-School-wide staff development to learn more about dealing with students who have experienced trauma
-Access to a Skilled Trauma Clinician who could work with parents and staff to create a stable, consistent, and caring environment for the student(s)
Using ACES to Screen for Eligibility/Need
A common tool in assessing trauma is the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire. The traditional questionnaire has ten questions, but the model to which we refer has twelve. A score of 4 or higher
Does the team have knowledge that this student suffers from:
1. Personal Verbal Abuse: Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…swear at the student, put the student down, insult the student, or humiliate the student? or act in any way that made the student afraid that they might be physically hurt?
2. Personal Physical Abuse: Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…push, grab, slap, or throw something at the student? or ever hit them so hard that they had marks or were injured?
3. Personal Sexual Abuse: Did an adult or person at least five years older than the student ever…touch or fondle the student or have them touch the older person’s body in a sexual way? or attempt to have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with the student?
4. Personal Emotional Neglect: Does the student often or very often feel that…no one in their family loves them or feels that they are important or special? Does the students often or very often feel that their family does not look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
5. Personal Physical Neglect: Does the student often or very often feel that.. they do not have enough to eat, have to wear dirty clothes, and have no one to protect them? or have their parents been too drunk or high to take them to the doctor if they needed it?
6. Family Member Divorce/Separation: Was this student’s parents ever separated or divorced?
7. Family Domestic Violence: Is the student’s mother or stepmother: often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or has had something thrown at her? or sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or ever repeatedly hit or threatened with a gun or knife?
8. Family Member Addiction: Does the student live with anyone who is a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who uses street drugs, or who abuses prescription drugs?
9. Family Member Diagnosed with Mental Illness: Is a household member depressed or mentally ill, or has this member attempted suicide?
10. Family Member in Prison: Has a household member gone to prison?
11. Personal Serious Loss: Has this student suffered from a serious accident, life-threatening illness, or a sudden or violent loss of a loved one?
12. Family Members are Refugees: Has this student and their family fled war experiences and have they suffered from refugee experiences?
Use the form below to submit an application