2 Madison elementary schools to start offering community services

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Two Madison elementary schools will start offering community services to families in the 2016-17 school year, according to a release.

Leopold and Mendota elementary schools will offer services like health care, academic tutoring, mentoring, food access and parent leadership opportunities, officials said.

“Community schools have the potential to take our support for children and families in Madison to a new level. Many of our families still struggle with access to community services, but through this work, we’ll be able to integrate coordinated services into schools, where our students and families are every day,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in the release. “When students and their families are fully supported, our students can be ready to excel in the classroom.”

The program will be funded by a grant from the Madison Community Foundation.

District officials hope to expand the program to additional schools in the future.

Leopold and Mendota will have a resource coordinator who will plan and facilitate the programs and services for families, students and the community, officials said.