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National community school group visits Duluth

The Duluth school district was chosen as one of five health focus sites by a national community school organization.

That means leaders from the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition for Community Schools, which works with schools to help create more equitable and healthier communities, are at Lincoln Park Middle School this week. They are working with the Duluth Community School Collaborative, which includes Lincoln Park Middle School, Denfeld High School and Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. Each of those schools is a full-service community school or is working toward that.

The work this week focuses on decreasing absenteeism and supporting health and education equity through partnerships. The idea is to create a continuum of support from the earliest grades on by offering things such as social and health services, afterschool programs and parent resources.

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