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School overcrowding causes foundation problems

Editor:

I believe the article “Henrico School Board weighs projects” by Citizen Editor Tom Lappas is important to those of Henrico County. I am originally from Henrico but I am currently a student at James Madison University. In my current sociology class, education is a big topic of discussion.

I am sure that it is common sense that a bad foundation of knowledge leads to later struggles with education; however, what some may not realize is overcrowding, like what is occurring at the four elementary schools in Brookland District, is one of the leading causes in a weak foundation. Based on research, boys struggle with verbal skills early on. With more kids in one classroom, such problems will not be addressed simply because the troubles cannot be picked up on due to less teacher-student contact. From the fourth to eighth grade alone, reading proficiency numbers decline without problems such as overcrowding.

The number of renovations and expansions needed in the county is concerning, because with the current planning process, projects are only funded one year at a time which creates uncertainty for completion. Although a bond referendum may be proposed, it does not guarantee completion for all of the projects. I am not sure what can be done to solve the problem, but it would be helpful if more locals were aware of the problem and knew how to contribute solutions. I appreciate your newspaper bringing attention to the problems in the county that would otherwise be unknown. Not only do these problems affect the present, but also the future.

Sincerely,

Ashley Darling
Henrico


This health partnership works

Editor:

This summer, dozens of school-age children put aside their video games, pushed away the junk food, and discovered some healthy habits that can benefit them for a lifetime.

Thanks to a partnership between the OASIS Institute, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology and Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging those same kids will be better prepared to choose more nutritious meals at school this year. They will be more likely to engage in physical activity after school instead of watching television. And, they are apt to share their newfound knowledge about health habits with their adult family members and siblings.

The OASIS Catch Healthy Habits program engages adult volunteers age 50 and older to teach kids about healthier eating choices and the value of regular exercise and physical activity. Both age groups benefit equally, with national results showing they are eating healthier and exercising more as a result of their participation in both summertime and after-school programs.

We know that healthy habits are important, but obesity statistics show that too many people don’t practice them everyday. Interactive programs like OASIS Catch Healthy Habits provide easy, fun solutions for becoming more active and adopting healthier diets.

Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, this intergenerational program is now offered in 21 cities across the country, including right here in Richmond. It is this type of partnership that can and will make a difference in the fight against the nation’s obesity challenge. That is great news for young and older alike.

For more information about the program please visit http://www.oasisnet.org/Richmond or call (804) 828-1565.

Sincerely,

Sara Morris
Richmond
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