March 5, 2020 -- At this week's Columbus Board of Education meeting, the Board approved two special initiatives held during the first week of March.
First, the Board recognized March 1-7 as National School Social Work week (above). School social workers serve as vital members of the educational team, playing a central role in creating a positive school climate and partnerships between the home, school, and community to ensure student academic success. They are especially skilled in identifying and providing services to students who face serious challenges to school success, including poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, bullying, and other barriers to learning.
The Board honors and values the contributions of all of our Columbus City Schools’ school social workers that help to meet the needs of our students and create a world-class model of public education that prepares our students to reach their full potential. The final text of the resolution urges all Columbus residents to join them to express their gratitude for the contributions of our school social workers and recognize the important role they play in the lives and education of our students and their families.
Additionally, the Board officially recognized March 2-6 as National School Breakfast Week. CCS is proud to offer free breakfast (and lunch) to every student each day. The School Breakfast Program was established in 1975 and serves more than 14 million students nationwide each day.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Out of this World,” which reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a health and energizing start to the day for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more like to reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, score higher on standardized tests, have better concentration and memory, be more alert, and maintain a healthy weight.
The Columbus Board of Education appreciates the men and women of the Food Services Office who prepare and serve school meals each school day and help nurture our students with their daily interaction and support of their social, emotional, and academic success.