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Schools Are Sending Extra Food, Lessons Home With Kids

Alison Holm

The state order closing all k-12 schools for three weeks has districts scambling to find ways to stay connected with their kids.  

Weinland Park Elementary principal Portia Robinson-Ervin and her staff began preparing for their 400 students extended break as soon as they got the news that Columbus City Schools would be closed thru April 3rd.  She says the school district is preparing online material for all 51-thousand students, but her staff tailored print materials for their 400 kids.

"...packets for reading instruction, in particular reading comprehension; math instruction, science and  social studies...We're just trying to make sure that kids still have access to parts of the curriculum while they're out for the three weeks".  

The school district is working with the city of Columbus to replace the free breakfast and lunch which are available to all students.  Robinson-Ervin says her school already sends "Buddy Boxes" of food for the weekend home with students on Fridays.
"...however the Family Mentor Foundation reached out yesterday that they were sending us extra food boxes, and so because of that we were able to send home food with all the students today".
Columbus City Schools is working a a district-wide plan to provide academic and nutrional support for student, and will release those details later today.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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