Robert Gray Sr. is 49 and has cancer. He hasn't had a lot of good days lately and sometimes that is hard on his son.
"He's only 8 ... he doesn't understand why daddy can't do things with him," Gray said.
Father and son have hooked up with the School/Family Liaison program.
Initiated six years ago by the Department of Social Services and the Washington County Board of Education, the major thrust is to improve communication between home and school.
Director Tamara Puffenberger said the program aims for early intervention, working with counselors in the schools and parents at home.
"We started out with one person handling several schools," she said. "Now there are four full-time people working in all 25 elementary schools in Washington County."
One of those full-time workers is Derek Getic who works with a number of youngsters, including Robert Gray Sr.'s son.
"The boy was referred to us and we got involved," Getic said.