Connected Community Schools was recently highlighted on the AFT Voices blog:

Community schools feed families, keep connections alive during pandemic

The first two weeks of March went on as any others. Our plans for ribbon cuttings at three new schools were underway, thanks to the AFT Innovation Fund — which had already helped us expand our community school efforts several years back. At those up-and-running schools, we were “business as usual,” with school-based pantries serving an average of 100 households a month and handing out more than 600 snacks to our students. Embedded mental health clinics were settling into a rhythm and providing counseling to students right in their school; our adult learning center was hosting free community classes; and we were running in-class and after-school programming | read more |

“It takes a village to raise a child, it really takes a Community to raise a classroom” and we have fed a Community!! Great job to our Entire Team of Volunteers, Staff, Board Members – The City of Rome, NYRome City School District- Rome, New YorkRome Alliance for EducationSafe Schools Mohawk Valley CNY Health Home Network, Inc. Compassion Coalition, Inc. and MANY More! This is certainly not over yet and the need rises- but we will be there to meet those needs! #ConnectingKids #ConnectedCommunity #ItTakesACommunity #WeWillBeHere