NeighborWorks Works, a weekly newsletter that highlights the NeighborWorks network
Preparing parents and students for back to school
Green bubble that states: More than 55 million U.S. students attend school.
Millions of students around the country are already back the classroom while others are preparing to bid their summer vacation a final farewell before the school year begins.

In this issue, we take a look at how NeighborWorks network groups help kids have a successful school experience through programs that range from "walking school buses" to classes for parents to innovative story telling performances.
Pennsylvania group takes story time to a new level
A woman holds up a book to give a theatrical performance to a mixed group of children in a green tent
NeighborWorks member Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic offers children a nontraditional reading circle. Stories are typically acted out in theatrical fashion, featuring cleverly designed sets, guest readers and visits from the book's characters.
Walking School Buses in Rhode Island help decrease tardiness
A mixed group of students hold a "Celebrate Walk to School Day With Us" banner and are accompanied by a group of adults
Absenteeism and lateness was a problem at a Rhode Island elementary school. Then the school teamed with the YMCA and NeighborWorks network organization ONE Neighborhood Builders to start "The Walking School Bus."

Now four walking school bus leaders and a captain lead walking groups of three dozen students on two routes to and from school every day. Not only do students get to school on time, they get exercise, feel safer and enjoy more support from the community.
Massachusetts program helps connects the dots between education and health
A woman wearing a red shirt holds up her hand as she reads to a young child, who also has their hand raised
In Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood, two closed schools and budget cuts left many children without vital services schools typically provide. NeighborWorks network member Urban Edge responded to the issue with a multi-faceted approach that combines education, housing, health and more.

Excerpted from NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America's Community Development Network .
Community experts brainstorm financial inclusion
Timothy Ogden stands on stage next to a podium with a Pathways Out of Poverty banner
At the Philadelphia NeighborWorks Training Institute, both local and national experts came together to discuss and debate how to create and sustain more financial inclusion, allowing low-income households, new Americans and others often left behind to benefit from improvements in the economy. Read this blog post for some highlights of their take-aways.
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