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Reducing School Absence by Washing Hands

by Francis P. Koster, Ed. D. 

There is a real documented opportunity to better our society by teaching kids one simple thing.

Start with the fact that approximately 1/5 of our population either attends or works in schools.(1) Wow.  Whatever happens in school connects to a very large number of our citizens.

Add to that the fact that each year over 22 million K-12 school days are lost because kids are sick[2] - many of them from illnesses they picked up from each other.

Parents may need to skip work to tend to them, causing a reduction in family income.   And since these kids have teachers who also are exposed to the germs, the teachers get sick, causing the school system to hi…

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Unique Program Helps Break Cycle of Poverty

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

In Louisville, Ky., there is a new form of low income housing for poor, single-parents who are students that enables college degree completion, employment and moving families off public assistance.

This program has already taken 98 single-parent families, all of whom were homeless at some point, and turned 58 of these parents into college graduates, including several professors and lawyers, and the rest into stable crime-free families whose children graduate from high school and go on to college or military service. One word to describe it is awesome. Another is imitatable.

The Family Scholar House program makes unique use of what is called the “Section 8 public housing…

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Regarding Other Good Sites

by Francis P. Koster Ed. D. 

TheOptimisticFuturist is pleased to offer a number of locally implementable solutions to national problems.  In some cases, others have created wonderful websites on specific topics and we are pleased to point to them and send you on your way, knowing you’ll come back and visit us when you are looking for success stories in other areas.

In the realm of Education, we’ve found several excellent sites that celebrate projects, techniques, and methods that are proven, replicable, and a good investment.  They beat us to the punch!  Know of a good site we’re missing?  We invite you to let us know by submitting your nomination for additional sites.

Below you will find…

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Serving Local Fruits and Veggies in Schools Improves Student Behavior

Serving Local Fruits and Veggies in Schools Improves Student Behavior

 by Brook Adams Law


The average school lunch program costs roughly $2.46 per child to make and tends to offer extremely unhealthy fare, so that children who receive free and reduced price lunches or buy their lunch every day are more likely to be obese than children who bring their lunch to school. As a result of this and other unhealthy habits, including lack of exercise, our nation has a rising epidemic of childhood obesity.  Currently in the U.S., 17% of children are obese, a number that has tripled in the past 10 years.

In 2011, the federal government announced new school lunch nutrition guidelines in the form of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. (4) The…

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