Blunting the Impact of Poverty With Community Schools – Meet Steve Webb & Tom Hagley, 2016 LTLF
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Blunting the Impact of Poverty With Community Schools – Meet Steve Webb & Tom Hagley, 2016 LTLF


Neither of my parents graduated from
high school. Neither sets of grandparents graduated
from high school. I know something about generational poverty. I know hunger. Poverty is not a learning
disability, but poverty provides barriers to student achievement for too many of
our kids in Vancouver Public Schools. When you don’t know where you’re going
to be sleeping tonight. When you when you’re hungry, it’s it’s just basic that
you’re not going to learn as well, and you’re not going to achieve your best. The Community Schools approach is really about thinking about – how do we bring basic needs support to families? All of our
family community resource centers have food pantries, personal hygiene closets,
closing closets.We can quickly connect kids to dental, vision and medical
support. Depending upon the site, supports for mental health services, housing services. Yes, there may be some question if public schools are getting outside of their their area of responsibility, but this is about building stronger
community so I absolutely think it is the responsibility of this public
education system to work together to build neighborhood assets and revitalize
their communities.

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