Amidst Opioid Addiction, Plummeting Morale, One Elementary School Reinvents Itself | Amy Allen

When you enter Parker-Varney Elementary School, you are immediately struck by the relaxed atmosphere. Make your way to the office to check in, and you’ll see students walking by and waving, moving in and out of community spaces with confidence and ease. There’ll be a buzz of excitement in the air, the mark of students highly engaged and doing work that is important and relevant to their lives.
Rather than crumble, we chose to embrace change and focus on what mattered most: whole child development.
It wasn’t always this way. Four years ago, in 2013, Parker-Varney was listed as a “School in…

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