The History of HWC
Handle with Care was initially piloted at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School in Charleston, WV in 2013. The school, located in an urban area of the city plagued by drug and violent crime, housed approximately 500 students. Ninety-Three percent of the students came from low-income families. The school ranked 398 out of 404 elementary schools in West Virginia for poor performance. In Maryland, Handle with Care was piloted in Washington County Public Schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Evaluation efforts of both pilot programs are currently underway.