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13 07, 2019

Use Your Voice: It’s Your Choice

By |2019-07-13T12:16:53+00:00July 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Photo credit: George Etheredge, nyt.com West Virginia is a complex region with diverse people, places, and cultures. It’s known for its hills and hollers. In fact, it’s the third most forested state with 77.5% of its land covered in trees—preceded by Maine (89%) and New Hampshire (77.7%). West Virginia is famous coal, natural [...]

23 04, 2019

April is Earth Month: How Will You Celebrate?

By |2019-04-23T21:39:29+00:00April 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Beyond April 22, Earth Day, the whole month of April is Earth month. With warmer weather and so many West Virginia trees, shrubs, and flowers in bloom, it’s a great time to notice the natural beauty Earth offers. Here are three ideas I came up with for my Earth month celebrations. Play outside. After so [...]

6 04, 2019

An Essential Ingredient for Public School Improvement

By |2019-04-06T00:50:27+00:00April 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

The recent Public Education Forums hosted by the West Virginia Department of Education offered four themes for public discussion: Funding Opportunities (increased compensation, enrollment floor, local levy rates, & local share cap); Instructional Quality (teacher leaders, teacher preparation programs, support for math teachers, county salary supplements, & reduction in force (RIF) decisions); School Choice & Innovation (innovation zone [...]

27 02, 2019

Words of Wisdom from Parents for Parents

By |2019-02-27T20:18:31+00:00February 27th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Parent-led initiatives to improve their local schools can take many forms such as participating on the Local School Improvement Council (LSIC) at their child's school or hosting a family educational event, or organizing a team of parents and teachers to submit a grant to support a new initiative for children at the school. The FLC Mini [...]

12 02, 2019

Questions for parents to ask on behalf of their K-12 children

By |2019-02-13T13:19:16+00:00February 12th, 2019|News|0 Comments

As West Virginia legislators wrestle with proposed education reform (i.e., WV Senate Bill 451), parents need time and opportunities to ask what educational reforms and innovations are most beneficial to our children. Below are questions that I would like to see included in the discussion about educational reform. Some of the questions listed below are [...]

1 02, 2019

A Worthwhile Day at the WV Capitol

By |2019-02-01T21:51:20+00:00February 1st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Yesterday I took a day off from my duties as an AmeriCorps VISTA to join Ohio County teachers Jenny Craig, Jackie Shriner, and Erin Bowers. Visiting WV Senate and House representatives with Ohio County branch president of the West Virginia Education Association, Jenny Craig, allowed me to participate in several meaningful exchanges with WV Delegates [...]

19 01, 2019

How You Can Get Involved in WV Issues You Care About

By |2019-02-04T19:59:11+00:00January 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Families Leading Change is one of several coalitions under the umbrella of West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families (WVHKF). As the January 2019 West Virginia Legislative session unfolds, WVHKF offers to help West Virginia families get involved in meeting with their state Delegates and Senator to share their view on issues of great interest and [...]

4 01, 2019

Fayetteville Youth Reporters Find School Meals Could Be Less Sweet

By |2019-01-04T23:07:10+00:00January 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

A collaboration between the Fayette Institute of Technology and West Virginia Public Broadcasting reveals that school lunches may be overly sweet and weak on meat.  Tabitha Gill and Katie Cameron, both seniors at Fayette Institute of Technology, published an investigative report about their county school lunch program, which was aired Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 on [...]

31 12, 2018

Go Ahead and Make Your New Year Resolutions

By |2018-12-31T22:04:34+00:00December 31st, 2018|News|0 Comments

As I put aside the 2018 calendar for the brand new 2019 planner, I consider what opportunities and challenges the New Year may bring, and what self-improvements I want to make. People have been starting the New Year with resolves for self-improvement or promises of commitment since calendars were first invented by the Babylonians. There’s something [...]

10 12, 2018

Wishing you peace, joy, love, friendship, and…the 4Cs

By |2018-12-10T21:00:44+00:00December 10th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. The lights, decorations, family get-togethers, and music are all part of my family Christmas traditions. Christmas is also a time of celebration and faith renewal for me. Activities of giving, sharing, singing, and worship are components of what I love about the Christmas season. Don’t forget the parties [...]

30 11, 2018

Jean Srodes Named FLC Volunteer of the Year

By |2018-11-30T23:07:35+00:00November 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

At the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families 20th annual awards banquet Jean Srodes was named Volunteer of the Year for Families Leading Change. The awards banquet was held November 15 at at Temple Israel in Charleston, WV. With her commitment to the youth of Pocahontas County as well as for the many programs she [...]

7 11, 2018

Strategies for Parents to Engage in Their Child’s Public School

By |2018-11-08T00:32:45+00:00November 7th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Parents play an important role in supporting the health and well being of their children at home and at school. Research shows that when parents are engaged in their children’s school activities, their children tend to get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills. Parent engagement in school is also associated with [...]