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Partnerships Help Support Diverse Set of Community-Based Services

Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vt.

Exceptional community-based services for youth have emerged in Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union in Vermont, whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People winner, thanks to its cultivation of partnerships.

With connections from regional planning commissions to indigenous organizations to local hospitals, the community has been able to provide strong programs for youth across a spectrum of ages. The Early Childhood Program provides screening services for children before entering preschool, and the Circle of Courage program helps children gain an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the local Native American Abenaki culture.

Because of its dedicated work to build systems of care for children with special needs, the region received the Communities Can! Award by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Collaboration with Hospital Promotes Healthy Lifestyles Among Students

Batesville Community School Corporation, Batesville, Ind.

Batesville Community School Corporation, a school district in Batesville, Ind., was a part of the field test of the first edition of Creating a Healthy School Using the Healthy School Report Card: An ASCD Action Tool.

One initiative involves collaboration between Margaret Mary Community Hospital, a local Food and Growers Association, and the school corporation to improve cafeteria food offerings and expose students to more fruits and vegetables. Another addresses the critical problem of teen drinking by the school corporation's Drug Free Task Force's Choices program, which includes parents and students in alcohol abuse education events and provides a safe, supervised, and alcohol-free place for teens to socialize within the small community. Since the Choices program was implemented, Batesville has seen a reduction in both alcohol use and alcohol-related discipline referrals.

Batesville Community School Corporation is an ASCD Healthy School Communities site and mentors other schools and districts interested in connecting health and learning.

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