Meredith Sutzer, school counselor, and Tina Fields, community partnership coordinator, Emlen Elementary school (K-5), discussed the school. The school currently has 375 children, two classes per grade. The school enrollment consists of 100% free and reduced lunch children (low income).
The school has a number of partnerships with community associations to provide services for the students – e.g., the Germantown soccer club, a hockey group, a community garden, computers on loan, girls on the run program (for building self-confidence). Students from Germantown Friends school have assembled a large number of books and arranged them into a library for use by all the schoolchildren. The school system currently supplies programs for gym, art, and computers; there is no music program and no formal health education program.
In the past our club has distributed dictionaries all third-graders in this school.
The school experiences a severe problem of truancy (defined as six unexcused absences). Since these are such young children, it is assumed that these absences are a function of lack of parental support for school attendance.