When it comes to educating the whole child,the Austin Independent School District has led the way in Texas. Here, our educators see the value in tending to not only kids’ minds but also their growing bodies.
This district gets it that a hungry, stressed child is less likely to learn. And its leaders can attest to the fact that students who are well nourished and physically active do better academically, behave appropriately more of the time and miss less school.
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Smith is a parent of two Austin school district high school students. Dimitry is health and fitness policy associate at Texans Care for Children.