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Report: Teachers Spend $37 Every Month to Help Feed Hungry Students

September 10, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Two recent reports highlight a sobering fact about the nation’s children as they return to school: too many of them are arriving without access to enough healthy food. According to the 2013 Hunger in our Schools survey by Share Our Strength, seventy-three percent of educators teach students who regularly come to school [...]

Child Hunger in Schools a Growing Problem

August 24, 2012 by twalker  
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By Ava Wallace Every day in classrooms nationwide, students struggle to concentrate or lose valuable instruction time on visits to the school nurse with headaches and stomach aches. Share Our Strength, an organization that aims to end childhood hunger nationwide by providing effective nutrition programs in schools, says hunger is at fault. At a at a [...]

Removing Health Barriers to Student Learning

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By Tim Walker One of the few education issues where you can find almost universal consensus is the connection between student health and the capacity to learn. The conditions for health and well-being in many of the nations’ schools, however, are an impediment to learning.  Too many students spend their days in dilapidated buildings with [...]

Healthier Lunches Coming to Schools

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By John Rosales New standards for school meals released on Wednesday  by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help ensure healthy nutritious food served to every public school student in an effort to bolster their health and academic success. This effort was kicked-off with an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama at Parklawn Elementary School [...]

House of Representatives Slashes Education for Low-Income Kids

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Almost 200,000 of this nation’s neediest children would lose their slots in Head Start programs, if U.S. Senators opt to approve a draconian federal budget passed by House Republicans last month. On Wednesday, the Senate agreed to approve a much smaller menu of spending reductions to prevent an imminent government shutdown, [...]

Let’s Move! Campaign Celebrates a Year of Healthier School Lunches

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By Cindy Long It’s been one year since First Lady Michelle Obama urged schools to serve healthier meals as part of her Let’s Move! Campaign to fight childhood obesity, and school lunches are already looking a whole lot leaner.  Food service professionals — longtime advocates of boosting nutrition levels in school meals — are doing [...]

President Signs Into Law NEA-Backed Child Nutrition Legislation

December 13, 2010 by cmccabe  
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By Cynthia McCabe and Felix Perez Legislation that will help ensure all students have access to healthier meals got the signature of President Obama today, marking the culmination of months of work by advocates for students, including the National Education Association “Those of us who work in America’s public schools know that sometimes a school [...]

NEA-Backed Child Nutrition Bill Passes Congress

December 2, 2010 by cmccabe  
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By Meredith Barnett Today, the NEA-supported “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act” passed the House of Representatives in a 264-157 vote. The bill, which the Senate unanimously passed in August, expands eligibility for lunch programs and sets nutrition standards for school meals. It is the first increase in school lunch funding since 1973. “[This] offers a real [...]

The Latest on Getting Healthy Munches in School Lunches

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By Meredith Barnett Mystery meat has left the building. In school lunchrooms across the country, students are filling their cafeteria trays with more fresh produce and award-winning nutritional entrees as schools change the way they approach nutrition. Chefs and community members are coming to the table — bolstered by national initiatives like Michelle Obama’s Let’s [...]

Top Eight Challenges Teachers Face This School Year

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By Mary Ellen Flannery With teacher bashing all the rage these days, we thought we’d show what teachers are actually facing when they step into the classroom each day. In no particular order, here are the top eight [...]

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