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  •  Should we be encouraging more public school (7+ / 0-)

    partnerships with organizations that can help outside of the school setting?

    I can always remember learning tons through my time with Girl Scouts. I'm not found of today's Boy Scout organization but I wonder if we can find groups that work with kids to partner with.

    On military bases, most bases provide services after school services (for a fee, but it is pro-rated by rank). In most places, these Youth Centers have partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Military kids do benefit from moving around and being exposed to multiple communities but many military families are poor and benefit greatly from the after school options.

    Obviously, these are local solutions but the federal government could chose to fund programs to encourage local communities to start them.

    •  Our school's partnership (12+ / 0-)

      with a community center has been enormously productive for both organizations and the entire community.

      The school lets them use the computer center to offer night classes for adults in computer literacy.

      The community center provides a FREE afterschool program for all kids of all income levels - a place where all the kids can be together to learn and play outside the classroom. The school and community center have worked together on that curriculum to provide elements like music education that the school was unable to provide due to logistical issues.

      The community center also provides a complementary preschool program that takes the kids whose income is too high for the state preschool; it helps families with paperwork for various social programs available; it has a food pantry and clothes closet for families in need; it provides parenting classes in conjunction with school personnel.

      The community center also provides a gathering point for senior citizens certain days of the week; the computer teacher started taking advantage of this to set up some of his students to volunteer to help teach computer skills.

      Every school should have an after-hours community center.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 08:08:36 AM PDT

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    •  Community yes (6+ / 0-)

      but I would be worried that much of the "community" would actually be religious in many communities, and while that can be great in some instances it may marginalize more than a few students.  I don't know what the solution is, but it does make me leary.

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