7 Public Schools Do Stuff Beyond Teaching Academic Basics To Children

With Schools Closed Due To COVID-19, Societies Are Struggling To Provide Food And Supplies To Students And Meet Other Needs. Such Closures Provide An Opportunity For Education Researcher Samantha Keppler To Focus On The Other Programs That Schools Provide Besides Teaching English, Math And Other Core Subjects To Children.

1. Food

The National School Lunch Program And School Breakfast Program Offers Nutritious Meals To At Least 30 Million Children Every Year-more Than Half Of All Students In Public School. This Food Is Free Or Heavily Discounted For Students Who Qualify On The Basis Of The Income From Their Families. These Meals Are Essential For Many Reasons, Including The Fact That Hunger And Food Insecurity Make It Harder For Students To Focus. Students Lack The Ability To Engage Without Regular Daily Meals And Get Stressed Out When They Should Eat Next. While Free Or Reduced School Meals Are Intended To Benefit Low-income Students, Some States Such As Vermont, With Voluntary Support, Offer Them To All Students. Any Child Can Concentrate Better When They Have Plenty To Eat.

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2. Health Care

In Addition To Hunger, Several Other Health Issues Can Hinder Learning. For This Reason Many Schools Are Working Closely With Local Hospitals And Community Clinics. For Example, Mobile Care Provides Students In Chicago Public Schools With Asthma And Dental Treatment, Delivered On A Daily Basis By Visits By Staff Traveling Across The City In A Van. Vision To Learn, Another Non-profit Organization With Mobile Clinics, Is Shuttling Its Vans Across Several Districts Around The Country, Including Dover, Delaware And Atlanta, Georgia. It Gives Students Eye Exams And Glasses For Free

3. Counseling

Teachers Also Notice When Their Students Get Distracted By Something. And At School, The Students Are More Likely To Receive Mental Health Services Than At Community Clinics. But Schools Are Still Ill-equipped To Deal Alone With Mental Health Between Students. Many Projects Are Volunteer-driven Activities, Such As Girls On The Run, A Program That Also Helps Girls Become Stronger Athletes And Teaches Them To Become More Self-confident – Along With Other Skills In Life Management. Other Projects Help Schools Access More Counselling Resources, Such As United Stand, Which Offers Free Therapy To Low-income Catholic Schools In Chicago To Help Students Learn Healthier Ways To Deal With Trauma..

4. School Supplies

Not Only Do Some Kids Don’t Have Their Own Books, But They Also Lack The Basics All The Students Need – Paper, Pencils, And Calculators. Since Schools Often Don’t Fill This Gap Themselves, Teachers Often Address This Obstacle On Their Own. On Classroom Supplies, The Average Teacher Shells Out About 500 Us$ Of Their Own Income. Another Common Way For Teachers To Pay For Such Materials Is Through Donors Choose, A 20-year-old Campaign That Has Supported Over Half A Million Projects Including Tables And Chairs Requests. “I Am A Scavenger,” As One Teacher Told The Washington Post.

5. Physical Fitness

At School, Students Move Around A Lot. Yes In The Gym But In The Classroom As Well. Teachers Regularly Use Physical Movement To Boost Learning, Such As By Taking Stretch Or Jumping-jacks Breaks. Schools Are Now Working Closely With Organizations That Use Exercise To Support Social Growth, Such As Dancing Classrooms, A New York City-based Initiative That Teaches Ballroom Dancing For Children. The Number Of Children Involved In School Team Sports Is Decreasing But Still Includes Nearly 8 Million High School Students And Millions More Elementary And Middle School Children. Both Students Do Get Some Exercise Easily During The Day Of Classes, When Walking Between Classrooms, Playing In Recess And, To Various Degrees, Going From Walking Or Biking To Classes Or At Least To A Bus Or Train Stop.

6. The Crafts

Whether Participating In Bands, Singing In Choirs, Painting, Or Acting In Plays, Music, Theater, And Art Are Experiences Of The Community In School. Such Projects Are Still Led By Teachers Alone, But Schools Are Also Linking Teachers And Students To Talented Musicians, Authors, Playwrights, Actors And Other Leaders In The Arts. The San Francisco Symphony, For Example, Has A Relationship With The Unified School District Of San Francisco. In-school Events As Well As Instruments And Sheet Music Are Included In The Collaboration. The Chicago Arts Alliance For Education, Which Positions Resident Artists In Schools In Chicago, Is Another Example

7. Social Work

Many Schools Are Keeping A Finger On A Students And Families ‘pulse: What Obstacles They Face And What They Need. For Some Cases Parents Are Also Helped By Schools During Difficult Times. Since School Funding Is For Students, Not Their Parents, Schools Connect Parents To Charities And In Some Cases Create Long-term Partnerships With Non-profits To Finance And Manage Services Such As Free Computers And English Classes That Help Parents Care For Their Children. Detroit Public Schools Community District, For Example, Runs A Parent Academy That Provides Free Classes From Coping With Family Tragedy To Starting Your Own Business.