Poverty In Education To Be Discussed On The West Side

March 8, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rich Kremer

Poverty in Education to be Discussed on The West Side

The West Side will discuss poverty in area schools and its possible effects on student success and experience on Thursday, March 14 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire. Topics will include the free and reduced meal program in area schools and the ways poverty and monetary struggles can affect a student’s ability to learn.

Host Rich Kremer will be joined by Marvin Lynn, the associate dean for teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Sue Brown, the director of food and nutrition for the Eau Claire area school district and Peg Kolden, the principal of River Heights Elementary School in Menomonie. Guests will offer their perspectives on dealing with poverty in an educational environment.

Special correspondent Gary Schuster, a journalism student at the UW-Stout, will share a story about the implementation of a free and reduced meal program at the Menomonie School District. Kolden joins Schuster as he profiles the program. Kolden will discuss the universal free breakfast pilot program at the school and how the Menomonie School District’s approach differs from other schools.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.