Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Implications of the New "Poor" — Whole Child Education

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Implications of the New “Poor”

Posst written by Pam Capasso, Sara Gogel, Tracy Knight, and Janine Norris of Holly Glen Elementary School in Williamstown, N.J.
Holly Glen Elementary School serves approximately 580 students with one-third on free or reduced meals. Our school houses English language learners, autistic population, and students from low-income housing. In the past, Holly Glen comprised various socioeconomic levels ranging from upper class to lower income areas.
With recent redistricting, Holly Glen has seen a significant shift in socioeconomic levels. Today's economy has also brought about a change in our school climate. We have had to rethink the way we fundraise, involve parents, and the utilization of community agencies. For example, many students lack dental coverage, so we invited a mobile dental service to come to the school. It provided our students with x-rays, cleanings, and sealants free of charge with parent permission. This program was so successful we have already confirmed the date for next school year.
In the past, our Home and School Association had more parents involved and were able to fundraise with success. Recently, we have seen a decline in parental involvement and participation in fundraising events. The association now has fewer funds to help contribute to school resources (i.e., laptops, projection