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Metro schools to offer community health, social services program


More than a dozen Metro schools are going beyond just the blackboard and books. The district plans to transform them into community schools where students and their families will be able to access a variety of other services.

It could be anything from a health clinic to adult education to after-school programs, as the idea is that a healthier community will help lead to more student success.

At Antioch High School, students can find a bit more than just a school nurse. There's a full-fledged health clinic provided in partnership with United Neighborhood Health Services.

"Students are able to come to school get treated, and we are able to meet all of their needs within a time frame," said Antioch principal Dr. Adrienne Koger.

Antioch serves as an example of what 16 other Metro schools will soon provide in the Community Achieves program.

"It's the realization that there are issues impacting our children and our families that go well beyond instruction, so it's a rallying cry," said Tony Majors, assistant superintendent of student services.

The participating schools will have partnerships to help address the health, social, academic and career needs of not only students, but their families and others as well.

"We want to really look at what are some of the biggest needs in our communities and then start aligning service providers to address those needs through the schools and into our communities," Majors said.

Former Glencliff High School student Itzel Gonzales said the schools community project helped take her off a path of trouble to one of potential.

"The more I got involved, the more I realized that the adults that were coming into our school actually cared. They wanted me to graduate," Gonzales said.

Metro school leaders say there are already initiatives going into place in all of the schools, and they hope to have some of the services up and going next school year.

However, it could still take a few years for some schools to offer a wide range of services.

In addition to Antioch, the other 16 Community Achieves schools are:

  • Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
  • Brick Church Middle School
  • Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary
  • Chadwell Elementary
  • Cole Elementary
  • DuPont Hadley Middle
  • Glencliff High School
  • Gra-Mar Middle School
  • John Early Museum Magnet Middle
  • I.T. Creswell Middle
  • Maplewood High School
  • Margaret Allen Middle School
  • McKissack Middle School
  • Napier Enhanced Option Elem.
  • Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet
  • Wright Middle School

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