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by Adriane Tasco
When students' social and emotional needs are addressed, they are able to focus on learning. Schools have the opportunity to enrich the lives of their students and staff by engaging the local community in meeting these needs. Inviting agencies and organizations into a school to assist with health and wellness efforts can bring about positive outcomes for both groups of stakeholders.
Most schools in the United States are not equipped to handle the various needs of the children they teach every day. However, schools can help meet their students' diverse needs by reaching out into their local communities for help. To build successful school–community partnerships, schools must consider principal support; reception of external partners by the students, staff, and families; and two-way communication (Sanders and Harvey, 2002)... (Complete Article)