“This will be our legacy as a school, a community, and a family!” Gale Principal Emuwa
CVS corp. through GINN Consulting is awarding a $150,000 match grant to build a SMART clinic at Gale Community Academy. Beyond medical resources, SMART clinics bring targeted medical and social-emotional support structures to young people that need them, using a relatively new model that is proving incredibly effective for at risk and medically fragile populations. It is a potential game changing development for our neighborhood school.
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It’s an 'all hands on deck' moment for our community, another $103,000 is needed by April 1st, 2018, a one time expense that will open the doors to both the clinic and the revenue streams needed to operate it for years to come.
More than 36 languages are spoken at Gale Community Academy, and over 97% of students are from low income families. Some are medically fragile young people from local assisted living facilities whose hope for education rests entirely with Gale's ability to provide it. SMART clinics have already resulted in over 30,000 additional school days attended in the four schools in which they have been implemented. Suspensions have been reduced by an incredible 92%. The estimated value/return on investment per dollar is $52.00 per every dollar spent at the flagship location.
Simply put, SMART works. With your help it can work for the kids at Gale Community Academy.
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[Student photos via Linzie Rice]