The Weekly Connect 5/23/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Since the pandemic, teachers need more help supporting kindergarteners.

Some school districts have revived mask mandates. Other districts face mandate bans. 

How some schools are coping with the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y

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Girls on the Run moves through the pandemic

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running. 

The program, a long-time City Connects community partner, encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths while building a sense of connection in a team setting. 

At the end of the season, the team completes a 5K together, which provides a tangible sense of accomplishment and sets a confident mindset into motion.

Volunteer coaches, often drawn from school staff, facilitate lessons that blend physical activity with life skill development to enable girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. 

Among the ranks of volunteers is Keisha Anderson, the City Connects Coordinator at Belle Haven Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, who has served as a coach. She helps Girls on the Run connect to students who want to participate.

It was straightforward work. Then the pandemic hit. 

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The Weekly Connect 5/16/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Disruptive kindergarteners are likely to be bullied when they get to elementary school. Interventions can help. 

A White House program will offer low-cost internet access to eligible families. 

Students need summer learning programs that don’t feel like school. 

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The power of partnership: City Connects and The Salem Pantry

Salem Food Bank partnership

Robyn Burns’ first day of work as the first full-time Executive Director of The Salem Pantry was March 25, 2020. 

“When I was hired prior to the shut down, I thought I was joining a small organization. I wasn’t yet thinking about the impact of a global pandemic,” Burns recalls.

The Salem Pantry had been around for thirty years as a volunteer-run organization, Burns explained to the Salem News during a video interview in April of 2020, when she and the rest of the world were forced to think about the pandemic. 

The pantry was doing a small mobile food distribution program through pop-up sites and running a backpack program in Salem’s public schools, sending kids home with backpacks full of food.

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The Weekly Connect 5/9/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Over the past year, nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ youth could not access mental health counseling.

Millions of students lack access to the broadband internet services that a 21st century education requires. 

Some cities are hiring more social workers to help students cope with Covid-driven behavioral and mental health challenges.

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The Weekly Connect 5/2/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Pre-K enrollment drops because of the pandemic.

Children’s cabinets break down government silos to meet children’s needs.

Enrollment falls in schools that operated virtually during the pandemic. 

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A City Connects Coordinator shares her superpower: asking people for help

Student painting from a “Paint and Sip” event at Southbridge Academy

“People want to help. All you have to do is ask,” Kelly Moulin says. 

Moulin is the City Connects coordinator at Southbridge Academy in Southbridge, Mass., and she is exceptionally good at asking for help and inspiring people to say yes.

Southbridge Academy is a PBIS school — meaning the school provides Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports – that has 40 students in grades 6 to 12 who have individual educational plans or who need more support.

Because the school community is so small, and Moulin isn’t shy, one thing she does is ask students for their input. Moulin sends out student interest surveys to get guidance from the kids on a number of issues.

“The top three things that the students listed on their interest survey were music, sports, and art,” Moulin says. Unfortunately, Southbridge Academy doesn’t have a full-time art teacher so Moulin asked the part-time teacher to help. “We did an age-appropriate version of ‘Brushes and Beverages’. We call it a ‘Paint and Sip’ party, and we provide soda, popcorn, and chips and free canvases and paint and brushes for the kids.”

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The Weekly Connect 4/25/22

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Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about this week:

Strategies schools can use to support students and staff who are suffering from trauma.

Factors driving restrictive policies on LGBTQ issues

Rural districts in Texas are moving to a four-day school week

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