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childhood nutrition impacts academic achievement

Many students in Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties face some tough challenges.  There are over 60,988 students in these three counties who are eligible for free and reduced lunch.  This represents at least one in four children!  One in three children living in Michigan are overweight or obese.

Feeding America reports that families are ‘purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it wasn’t the healthier option, in an effort to provide enough food for their household’[1] Local surveys have indicated that over three-quarters of our kids only eat Continue reading childhood nutrition impacts academic achievement

How to Avoid the Dreaded Summer Slide

It isn’t much of a leap to start dreaming of carefree summer months after a few days of sunshine and sixty degree weather here in Michigan. Summer is often categorized as free time – a time to kick back, relax, and revel in the freedom of schedule “free” days.

However, the sad reality is that hidden behind this lovely cloak of sunshine and warm weather comes some real risks that can result from summer learning loss.

Research completed over hundreds of years has demonstrated that students are likely to shut down their minds during this time and can suffer significant educational consequences.  Continue reading How to Avoid the Dreaded Summer Slide

Ways to Give to Children this Holiday Season

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas…are all favorite books in my house this time of year.  At bedtime, we have a ritual of reading a few stories as a family and my children (and I) love this special time together.

But I wonder Continue reading Ways to Give to Children this Holiday Season