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School staff improve community in many ways
June 24, 2024

By William Rowen Healthy Roar reporters | Helping your community makes it a healthier place for people who live and work there, several Rowen staff members recently told the Healthy Roar.

For instance, Rowen School Counselor Mrs. Parker said she recently organized a group of women to collect clothing donations for the school. She invited women from a number of churches in Philadelphia to help.

They collected new socks, hats, and gloves for children. These clothes were donated because it’s cold outside, and some children at Rowen need them. The items had to be new to make sure they were clean, according to Mrs. Parker. Some Rowen families also donated clothing to the drive.

Mrs. Parker said the clothing drive had a positive impact on the Rowen community because “people who need these items are able to get them.”

“Our mental and our physical health literally depend on being part of strong and capable communities,” wrote Dr. Tracy Brower, a sociologist and author, for Forbes.com. Sociologists study how people interact with their communities.

Strong communities can improve people’s health and may encourage other people to help out, which makes the community even stronger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is a government agency that seeks to protect people’s health and encourage healthy habits.

Mr. Desper, a fifth-grade teacher, said he helps his community by recycling at home. He’s been recycling paper and plastic for over a decade. His family also participates, including his little sister Corrine and his son TJ.

Recycling “helps make the community clean,” he said. He likes helping the Earth.

Mrs. Couser, a classroom assistant, said that she talked to young people in the school community about their well-being. Talking to Rowen students gave them “a new perspective concerning violence and the importance of having a good education,” she said.

She said she enjoyed explaining to the youth how they can be positive role models to younger children. Mrs. Carol would do this again because it may help deter crime and destructive behaviors. She said that everyone in the community must be willing to help out.

Ms. Bennett, a licensed behavior specialist at Rowen, said she helped with the Philadelphia Eagles Help Fight Autism event. People with autism have challenges with social skills and communication, according to Autism Speaks, a group that works to help people with autism.

Ms. Bennett said she gives back to others to show kindness and love. She said she will do this again next spring because she had a good time and she loves helping people. “Always try to have a positive outlook on life. Always help people,” she said.

Ms. Bennett also mentioned that she also helped her community by voting in the most recent election in Philadelphia.

Illustration by Hannah, seventh grade, MaST.

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