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February 23, 2024

By Hancock Healthy Times reporters | What happens around you at school matters.

Experts say the school environment has an impact on student learning and focus. If kids don’t feel safe and respected at school, they are less likely to go to school. If they’re not going to school, they don’t learn as much.

Also, if they’re in your class and they’re worried about how people are treating you, it will interfere with their ability to learn.

The good news is that students at Hancock have the ability to positively impact their school culture. Healthy Times reporters worked together to brain- storm a list of ways you can contribute to a positive school environment.

  • Be kind and include others.
  • Take field trips and experience new things.
  • Respect the personal space of others.
  • Follow rules at school.
  • Put trash where it belongs.
  • Leave your space cleaner than when you arrived.
  • Pay attention in school.
  • Attend school each day.


What ideas do you have to help contribute to a positive school environment? Maybe you are already doing something that you want others to know about.

Illustration by Abigail, fourth grade, Hancock E.S.

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