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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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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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 Driver Education Reduces Vehicle Idling Time by 70%,

Reduces Air Pollution, Saves Gasoline

by Jon Kennedy

Encouraging drivers to turn their engines off when parked conserves oil and gasoline, decreases smog levels, improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves money. Idling vehicles represent wasted energy and unnecessary pollution. Changing the behavior of drivers is possible and valuable.

A community study and project in Canada has determined ways to reduce the number of idling vehicles by one third and the length of time those cars idle by 70%.

Several government and non-government organizations conducted a study to determine effective ways of encouraging motorists to turn off their engines when idling. The stu…

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School System Makes "Bio" Gas for its Bus Fleet

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Gaston County school system in North Carolina has developed a program to generate biodiesel for its bus fleet.  This program converts enough waste vegetable oil from the school cafeteria and other sources to fuel all of its buses.  By converting the buses to run on biodiesel, air pollution is reduced, money is saved, and jobs are secured. 

In 2005 the sixth largest school system in North Carolina began running its school buses on biodiesel generated by the school system.  

The first year of operation they were able to make 10,000 gallons of biodiesel.  Two years later their facility was producing 500 gallons per day. [10]   

Co…

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