What is the Migrant Education Program?
The MEP is a federally funded program that assists migrant students in achieving academic success. It is free and confidential.Children must be between 3 and 21 years of age and the family must have moved to Buncombe County within the past 3 years seeking agricultural work in the fields or in a nursery.What does the word “migrant” mean?
A person who comes to Buncombe County seeking temporary or seasonal work in agriculture. This includes planting, picking, cultivating, harvesting, or packing agricultural products or working on a dairy farm or nursery.Why is a special program for migrant students necessary?Migrant work is by definition temporary or seasonal, creating difficulties for migrant families who move frequently. Students face many obstacles in achieving academic success.It is difficult to achieve educational success if the student: