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The Rochester School District is looking for donations to shift John Marshall High School into a full-service school.

Full-service community schools partner with organizations to help provide unconventional learning opportunities — sometimes outside the classroom and regular school hours. Community schools also help meet students’ basic needs by providing food, clothing, toiletries and household items to students who need those items. Community schools also host dental and vision clinics.

In an announcement of the move, John Marshall principal Eric Johnson said the school model helps all students get onto a footing for success.

“We know, as educators and parents, that all kids have unique abilities, talents, and dreams, and our goal is to help all students have equitable access to foundations for building a strong educational platform to achieve those things,” he wrote.

For the upcoming school year, John Marshall teachers and staff, along with community partners, will focus on building up and stocking the school’s resource room. The resource room is a space where anyone can receive access to food, clothing and hygiene items. The goal this year is to expand the services and items offered there and also provide access to technology.

United Way of Olmsted County has partnered with the Rochester School District to establish Gage and Riverside Elementary Schools, and Rochester Alternative Learning Center as the district’s other community schools.

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