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Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to Vancouver Public Schools Board

Elementary students need longer blocks of time for lunch

The time that is given to young children in the Vancouver School District is currently far too short. 15 minutes is not a sufficient amount of time for kids to get through the food line, find a seat, and healthfully eat their lunches. The current lunch schedule results in kids not being able to finish their meal in time, or rush-eating their food. It doesn't allow them to practice basic healthy habits like chewing more slowly and eating mindfully, or leisurely socializing with friends during their meal. It induces anxiety rather than satisfaction. It also results in an excessive amount of food waste since kids end up throwing away what they don't have time for. Naturally, this means kids end up hungry towards the afternoon and may have a harder time focusing in class. The problems associated with this extremely short lunch period are numerous.This is especially problematic for children living in poverty. For many of them, their school lunch might be the only hot meal they eat each day.Vancouver School Board's policy agenda states a desire to strive for the "education of the whole child". Surely this would include something as basic and necessary as healthy eating habits. Healthy eating does not only mean providing food that meets certain guidelines but also eating mindfully, chewing your food, nourishing your body, not just eating as quickly and mindlessly as possible. Our children are learning lifelong habits, and these lessons they're currently learning in the lunchroom are not the lessons that will set them up for a healthy relationship with their food. 15 minutes is just simply not enough.We recognize this is not a simple, easy-to-solve problem due to the numerous factors and logistics involved in feeding so many children, but as concerned parents and community members, we urge the board to consider this issue a priority and work to find meaningful solutions in as timely a manner as possible. Provide our kids with extended lunch periods so that they will be best prepared to return to their classrooms with nourished bodies ready to work, and brains ready to learn.

Caressa Milgrove
997 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Pearland ISD

Keep school arrival time the same

Pearland ISD is trying to switch the high school schedule (7:15-2:25) with the middle school/ junior high schedule (8:00-3:45). This will cause the younger students to arrive at school, and at home, an hour earlier than their older siblings who care for them while their parents are at work. The younger students who rely on their older siblings for after school transportation will also need to find an alternative ride. Also, the later dismissal time for the high school students will greatly interfere with extracurricular activities, homework, and work schedules.  It is proven that elementary age children need more sleep than kids in high school so it is important that the younger kids needs are kept in mind. Most parents of children within the district don't get out of work until 5:00. Aftercare is already so expensive and having the younger kids get out earlier will only bring on extra expenses onto the parents.  Extracurricular activities would have to be done before school due to UIL rules on practice times which would delete the purpose for athletes who put in long hours after school. Athletes would have to be up earlier to be at school at 6 for practice.  AP students face hours of homework a night to be able to pass their quizzes, test, and ap exams at the end of the year. The Afternoon test will get out later than they already do.  Everything that Pearland ISD is trying to do will just conflict with the busy schedules put upon high school students. I believe, along with most of my peers, that a time change will only bring on extra stress. Please consider the busy schedules and stress that high school students are brought into.   

Cara Wyman
679 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Tom Wolf

Better Funding for Performing Arts Programs in PA Schools #Don'tDreamItBeIt

My name is Olivia Rose, and I am a student of Danville Area High School in Pennsylvania. Ever since I was 8, I have loved the realm that is theatre. I have been graciously a part of 9 musicals with local theatres since then, including 4 with the Danville Area High School Preforming Arts Ensemble. What I have noticed about the shows that my fellow classmates have worked months on to perfect for the community is that frankly, we are a little under appreciated. For Danville especially, we as of now do not have the resources available to present a show big enough to get everyone in the community excited for. As you may know, you need more than just space, talent, and cast size to pull off any musical. You need money too. Renting scripts, getting rights for a show (and the more well known the show, the prettier the penny will be to do it), and purchasing resources for set all make up the financial end of it. I could get into more expenses, but you get the point- musicals are not cheap or easy!  To say our school's drama club is well funded would be a lie. While other schools have done "Grease", "Hairspray", or even "The Addams Family Musical", we have been stuck with little money, thus only being able to do more obscure shows. As you can assume, the community doesn't exactly get really excited for these musicals. People want to see the classics, or at least a show they've vaguely heard of. Fellow Danville students only come to see our shows for the incentives of extra credit promised by teachers. Sets, costumes, and everything else also come into play. This creates a never ending cycle, unexciting musicals are done with no funds, and no one comes to watch, giving us little profit. I can only imagine this issue is worse in other Pennsylvania schools, (especially urban schools that aren't well funded to begin with) who may have had to get rid of their theatre programs.  Aspiring actors and actresses of this generation need a foundation to perfect their talents. Auditioning for the school play should be encouraged highly, the drama program should be funded as equally as the athletic department, and each school should have some sort of music or theatre class. Theatre can definitely change lives. Additional funds to the performing arts in schools can help influence and inspire youth. This will also encourage the community to gain an experience in the arts and culture when they come to see the shows produced by said schools helped with this extra money.  This epidemic is growing in Pennsylvania, and for kids like me who want to pursue performing arts as a career, this is a catastrophe. Very few take us seriously for our career pursuit as it is, and neither will our school peers or communities if this issue goes unnoticed. Pennsylvania hasn't delivered a famous talented actor since Will Smith, and with the lack of encouragement in our schools it isn't hard to see why. Whether this problem is solved by leveling out school funds to be more equal or proportionate, or state funding, the arts need to be embraced and funded, not laughed at and left destitute. 

Olivia Crumb
201 supporters