joannqn Posted March 12, 2012 Share Posted March 12, 2012 (edited) Our small church meets in a local high school and is very focused on being a part of the local community and meeting the needs of the community, including those of the school in which we meet. Pastor is doing a series on that idea and has been bringing in community leaders, interviewing them on what makes a healthy city, what they see are the barriers to our city being healthy, what they see as the needs of our city, and what goals would they see as impossible. Today the school principal and superintendent were the guests. The principal came across as a non-practicing Catholic trying to appeal to our faith in a very fake way. :glare: The superintendent spoke more. Here's some of the tidbits that interested me. He's from India and came here to go to grad school at the U of Washington. He was in banking, then worked for the city, and finally worked in the school system. He's been the super for 3 years. He spoke of focusing on the wholeness of the child, financially, healthfully, emotionally, academically. He used the words whole and wholeness a lot. He spoke about the collective heart of the city coming together for the common good. That the health of the kids reflects the health of the city. He talked about all decisions within the school being student centered, supporting them academically, with food (there is a Backpacks for Homeless Students program at this school), shelter, clothing, social needs, and behavior issues. He talked about how they only have the kids six hours a day in the sense that they can't do everything they want to help the kids because they don't have enough time and influence with them. He talked about a time (a while back) he was taken to a prison up north to meet some of the previous Seattle school district students. All of their stories were similar: we didn't get love at home, we didn't get love a school, we didn't get what we needed, etc. That prison spent $40,000, per inmate, at that time. He talked about if we could only spend that money on the front end, at school, making sure they get their needs met so they don't end up in prison. He talked about, on a practical level, how we can help. We already provide months worth of food for the Backpacks for Homeless Students, underwear and socks for those same students, teacher breakfasts, and campus clean up. But we need to talk to the legislators and get them to see that the answer isn't as simple as test scores and better ways to evaluate teachers. They need to understand it is more complicated than that when kids are struggling with poverty, etc. He talked about increasing student bodies but not having the funding to build new buildings. He talked about funding a lot. As for the impossible goal? That all students can come to school ready to learn without outside burdens. That all kids can go to college or trade/technical school and get jobs when they graduate. That we as a country would provide the funding necessary to accomplish this. He left as soon as his interview was done, not sticking around in case anyone wanted to talk with him. Anyway, just thought some might be interested in how one superintendent defined a "healthy city" from his viewpoint as a superintendent. Edited March 12, 2012 by joannqn Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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