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An Earth Day Lesson and Craft for Elementary School

Every year I try to visit my children’s classes to do a quick Earth Day lesson and craft activity. This year, I had the opportunity…

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On the “Toxic City Sick School” Series: Don’t Despair – Take Action

I’ve been chronicling my battle with the Philadelphia School District, fighting for safer, healthier, cleaner schools. Though I shouldn’t say “my battle,” as I share this battle with…

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Tell a Grown Up or Ignore It? Lessons from a Lockdown

On Wednesday, December 6, I was sitting in my son’s elementary school library for the monthly School Advisory Council meeting. The principal received an urgent…

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Part Two: How to Fight the School District for Overdue Health Safeguards

Back in September, I published my blog post detailing my struggle to get answers from the School District of Philadelphia about my children’s school’s alarming…

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How to Fight the School District for Overdue Health Safeguards – Part One

In 2015 I saw a national news report called “Philadelphia’s Dirty School Program” that shattered me. I immediately sent out a letter to the Office of…

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If You Smell Something, Say Something: Shutting Down a Toxic Situation

Last spring I noticed a pungent odor at the city recreational center where my son attends after school care. They had been doing some renovations…

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Protect PE in Schools: Join the PE Action Team!

Disclosure: This post reflects a compensated editorial partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.…

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How To Get New Water Fountains for Your Public School

So how did I get two brand new state-of-the-art water filtration systems installed at my underfunded Philadelphia public school? Well, the answer is much more…

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Philadelphia School District Rep says “Hard to Make Direct Connections to Exposed Asbestos and Health Risks”

AN EMAIL AND A RESPONSE: 11:36 a.m. Subject: Philadelphia School District’s Representation on Al Jazeera America Dear Ms. Floyd, I had the opportunity to watch…

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Community Recycling Kids and New Foundations Charter School Clean Out Their Closets for a Cause

Parents of students at New Foundations Charter School have a new incentive to get kids cleaning out their rooms and their closets. Community Recycling’s CR…

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