Thank you to everyone who was able to make it! I’ll start with our list of ways to support public education then go into updates and plans.
10 Ways To Support Public Education
1- Give through Donors Choose to help support and sponsor classrooms. Here’s the link for Alabama classrooms that need your help today @ https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?state=AL
2-Support Teacher Wages, through Donors Choose, contacting local representatives or webpages like this >>https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/
3-Help schools to make the right decision in providing nutritious meals and snacks. This helps lessen the stress in students and teachers by combating multiple disease in unhealthy foods. Here’s what happened when this school changed their diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm0XvU5rOOs
4- Teach proper studying methods. Here’s something I’ll be taking to Fresh Check Day for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention event for UAH students. You’re welcome to utilize these notes for yourself and your students. http://www.uc.edu/content/dam/uc/fye/docs/Information%20Sheet.Academic%20Success.pdf
5- Support meditation & peaceful spaces in classrooms. Check out the benefits here >>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVnbL5Wm6eY
6- Contact local schools to supply what’s needed such as books, art, sports equipment, band equipment that you can donate.
7- Remember that the Optimus Club @ http://hsvoptimists.org/ helps donate band equipment and has been helping youth since 1947.
8- Volunteer tutoring or life classes. And be kind to donate to these volunteers. They are helping to shape these students that wouldn’t have gotten that kind of help without them.
9- Support a student. Offer discounts, housing, nutritious meals, help with loans etc. Here’s the official page for loan forgiveness @ https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
10- Support Therapy Partners, Inc. @https://www.therapypartners.org/ Alabama’s nonprofit that uses animal therapy such as rescue, rehab, and helping young students to achieve literacy.
“ PAL - Partners Achieving Literacy Therapy Partner teams work with at-risk-of-failure second and fourth graders in semester long programs to give the children an opportunity to better their reading skills by reading aloud to an affectionate, non-judgmental animal.”
NEWS UPDATE: I’ve made some good connections with people interested in coming to our meetings with no visitations, so will discontinue Meetup (calling these meetings from now on).
Barbara Sweeney Bryan will contact Boys & Girls Club to see if they’re have or are interested in tutoring opportunities to their youth.
June Lim and I will be working on a list of scholarships for Alabama Students to better qualify for affordable and possibly free higher education.
I’ll be working on contacting the senior center to see if anyone is willing to volunteer tutoring.
Also, make sure to check out our page for more ideas for bringing better quality to public education @https://alabamasolutions.weebly.com/solutions/public-education .
Thank you and I hope to see you at our next meeting for healthy living.
Problem Solve > Invest > Restore
Cortney L. Brown