Howe Elementary School has become a “community school” and will now be known as Howe Elementary Community School. The change was announced in the school’s library Tuesday morning by Green Bay Area Public School Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
A community school is more than just a school – it provides not just academic education, but emotional, health, and social services – with the goal of transforming the lives of students, families, and the neighborhood.
“We believe in each and every child that we serve, and we are continuously looking to improve and find the best ways we can to insure that each child has what they need and the resources to support them,” Langenfeld told Local 5.
The district says data from across the country over the last 20+ years shows that students from community schools typically have improved academic performance, attendance, graduation rates, and behavior.
“The district is committed to being able to provide equity for all of our kids,” said Amy Kalloinen, Howe’s principal. “That no matter where you’re from, what neighborhood you come from, you can come to school and have the same access to quality education.”
Howe Elementary is the flagship community school in the Green Bay district, but a plan is being put in place to add more community schools to the district over the next few years.
The district’s partners for this initiative are the Brown County United Way and the Howe Community Resource Center.
To learn more about the community school concept, visit here.