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Champion the Community’s Capacity

According to the U.S. Department of Education, community resources and local partnerships can support high-quality academic and enrichment opportunities by expanding the experiences offered to students and by leveraging access to local expertise. Better alignment and utilization of these resources can allow school systems to identify and access low-cost services or facilities to support students. Community resources such as health and human services agencies, departments of public safety and parks and recreation, community colleges, businesses, and community-based organizations serve to optimize opportunities for students and school systems. Students, especially low-income students, benefit from community supports—not just academic and career planning, but also health care, counseling, food, clothing, and school supplies.