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Guyandotte Elementary School overcoming poverty

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

Back to school means setting new goals, especially for the teachers and students at Guyandotte Elementary School.

The poverty level for families in the school district is at 80 percent, but that hasn't stopped educators from finding ways to keep students motivated over the years. Many children come from poor communities and need help with basic necessities such as food and clothing. Teachers often find themselves providing more than just an education, but also a second home. 

"We believe that all children can succeed and we constantly pressing that issue. It's important we expose them to the idea of graduating high school and going to college," said fifth grade teacher Denise Meadows.  

Faculty members care about the children so much, that they've pinned a picture of every student on the wall of their conference room and track their progress over time.  

"I've seen a lot of kids that show potential but they are their own worst enemy because they aren't giving themselves a chance," said Kelli Stotts, the school counselor.  

Guyandotte Principal Martha Evans says her staff has been focusing on building closer relationships with students and helping them recognize the importance of education early on. Since these new policies were implemented back in 2010, the school has seen a 90 percent decrease in out-of-school suspensions.