Toledo school for teen moms is changing lives - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Toledo school for teen moms is changing lives

Posted: Updated:

Polly Fox Academy is the only school in the area for pregnant and parenting teenage girls in grades 7-12. Not only do school leaders focus on education but they also help the teens with things like child care. According to Polly Fox administrators there are about 700 babies born to teen mothers in Lucas County in any give year. Of course some of those young women drop out of school to raise their children but Polly Fox works to make sure the teen moms get a diploma.

Angelica Clark is a 17 year old girl with a three year old son, "I was 14 when I got pregnant and I had him when I was 15."Angelica says traditional high school didn't work for her but she found her place and her inspiration at Polly Fox, "It's the best school for teen moms. Everyone fits in. We all understand one another and the difficulties we face. The teachers are great, they work with you. I love this school."

Janay Brown was pregnant at 16. Her son King turns a year old today, "When I was in regular school I was off track. When I came here the teachers got me back on track and its easier here because I have more help and more support and no one judges me."

Kesia Gonzalez dropped out of high school and then got pregnant at the age of 15. She's now been at Polly Fox for three years. She's planning to study criminal justice at Owens Community College next year, "You're going to graduate and go on to college? Yes this year and I never thought I'd say that."

Program Development Director Joan Durgin says the often difficult journey each one of these girls has faced is what binds them together, "I think they understand each other and the roads they are walking. They can be empathetic and supportive of each other. It's what these girls need, they need not to feel isolated but nurtured and that's what we do here." It's quickly clear it's not just the students whose lives are changed by Polly Fox, "Every day when I walk into school I know why I am here. I see girls who have been here for 6 years and the light bulb finally turns on. They graduate and go on to college. They find a way to not only take care of themselves, but a way to take care of their children too."

The help they give the students at Polly Fox goes well beyond the classroom. They also provide health care and social service support as well as subsidized child care.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Perkins K9 leads Troopers to 188 bindles of heroin

    Perkins K9 leads Troopers to 188 bindles of heroin

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:45:01 GMT
    Nearly 200 packets of heroin are off the streets thanks to a K9 officer from Perkins Township. The state highway patrol called for the assistance of Officer "Uganda" during a recent traffic stop. Uganda was able to sniff out 188 bindles of heroin. They were all inside of a vehicle on the turnpike near U.S. 250. Perkins Township police posted this pictures to Facebook including a picture of Officer Uganda. No word yet on who troopers arrested, but Perkins Police, who assisted with the bust, po...
    Nearly 200 packets of heroin are off the streets thanks to a K9 officer from Perkins Township. The state highway patrol called for the assistance of Officer "Uganda" during a recent traffic stop. Uganda was able to sniff out 188 bindles of heroin. They were all inside of a vehicle on the turnpike near U.S. 250. Perkins Township police posted this pictures to Facebook including a picture of Officer Uganda. No word yet on who troopers arrested, but Perkins Police, who assisted with the bust, po...
  • 92.5 KISS FM host heading to Tulsa, OK

    92.5 KISS FM host heading to Tulsa, OK

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:32:58 GMT
    A local radio D.J. and morning show host has a new gig and he's leaving town. Sid Kelly has been on the air at 92.5 KISS FM for the past three years. He took over for Andrew Z. Two months ago, Clear Channel did not renew Kelly's contract. He's now preparing for a new gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You'll be able to hear him online, on K-Hits, starting Monday, August 11. Kelly broke the news to his followers on Facebook and says he's going to miss Toledo. The 39-year-old went to Ohio State and he's c...
    A local radio D.J. and morning show host has a new gig and he's leaving town. Sid Kelly has been on the air at 92.5 KISS FM for the past three years. He took over for Andrew Z. Two months ago, Clear Channel did not renew Kelly's contract. He's now preparing for a new gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You'll be able to hear him online, on K-Hits, starting Monday, August 11. Kelly broke the news to his followers on Facebook and says he's going to miss Toledo. The 39-year-old went to Ohio State and he's c...
  • Clarion slowly coming down as "At Home" opens next door

    Clarion slowly coming down as "At Home" opens next door

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:08:46 GMT
    The city of Toledo has big plans for the Reynolds Road corridor, and it's shelling out big bucks. Just last week, the city agreed to buy the site of the former Southwyck mall for $3M. That's if it can land a developer within 120 days. The designs call for a corporate headquarters. Southwyck closed in 2008. So did the Clarion hotel next door. The K-Mart next to that also pulled out, but today there's a welcome sign for some: A "now open" sign. It's on the front of the former K-Mart, showing of...
    The city of Toledo has big plans for the Reynolds Road corridor, and it's shelling out big bucks. Just last week, the city agreed to buy the site of the former Southwyck mall for $3M. That's if it can land a developer within 120 days. The designs call for a corporate headquarters. Southwyck closed in 2008. So did the Clarion hotel next door. The K-Mart next to that also pulled out, but today there's a welcome sign for some: A "now open" sign. It's on the front of the former K-Mart, showing of...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Breaking News

    Semi crashes into Tony Packo's

    Semi crashes into Tony Packo's

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:40:57 GMT
    A semi-truck crashed into Tony Packo's on Front Street in East Toledo.Toledo Police are on the scene and are urging motorists to avoid the Front and Consaul area. We'll have more information as it becomes available from our crews on the scene.
    A semi-truck crashed into Tony Packo's on Front Street in East Toledo.Toledo Police are on the scene and are urging motorists to avoid the Front and Consaul area. We'll have more information as it becomes available from our crews on the scene.
  • Perkins K9 leads Troopers to 188 bindles of heroin

    Perkins K9 leads Troopers to 188 bindles of heroin

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:45:01 GMT
    Nearly 200 packets of heroin are off the streets thanks to a K9 officer from Perkins Township. The state highway patrol called for the assistance of Officer "Uganda" during a recent traffic stop. Uganda was able to sniff out 188 bindles of heroin. They were all inside of a vehicle on the turnpike near U.S. 250. Perkins Township police posted this pictures to Facebook including a picture of Officer Uganda. No word yet on who troopers arrested, but Perkins Police, who assisted with the bust, po...
    Nearly 200 packets of heroin are off the streets thanks to a K9 officer from Perkins Township. The state highway patrol called for the assistance of Officer "Uganda" during a recent traffic stop. Uganda was able to sniff out 188 bindles of heroin. They were all inside of a vehicle on the turnpike near U.S. 250. Perkins Township police posted this pictures to Facebook including a picture of Officer Uganda. No word yet on who troopers arrested, but Perkins Police, who assisted with the bust, po...
  • 92.5 KISS FM host heading to Tulsa, OK

    92.5 KISS FM host heading to Tulsa, OK

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:32:58 GMT
    A local radio D.J. and morning show host has a new gig and he's leaving town. Sid Kelly has been on the air at 92.5 KISS FM for the past three years. He took over for Andrew Z. Two months ago, Clear Channel did not renew Kelly's contract. He's now preparing for a new gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You'll be able to hear him online, on K-Hits, starting Monday, August 11. Kelly broke the news to his followers on Facebook and says he's going to miss Toledo. The 39-year-old went to Ohio State and he's c...
    A local radio D.J. and morning show host has a new gig and he's leaving town. Sid Kelly has been on the air at 92.5 KISS FM for the past three years. He took over for Andrew Z. Two months ago, Clear Channel did not renew Kelly's contract. He's now preparing for a new gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You'll be able to hear him online, on K-Hits, starting Monday, August 11. Kelly broke the news to his followers on Facebook and says he's going to miss Toledo. The 39-year-old went to Ohio State and he's c...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!