#CampusChat Q&A with Jacqueline Wilson, founder of the Monkey Do Project
Aug20

#CampusChat Q&A with Jacqueline Wilson, founder of the Monkey Do Project

No one disputes the value of an education at any level, but while we tout the benefits of staying in school, finishing high school and pursuing a college degree, we may overlook the fact that there many (too many) children in the U.S. just trying to get through each day with enough food to survive. 1 in 5 American children don’t have enough food to eat today. And, in some areas of the most poverty-stricken regions of U.S. Appalachia, that number is 1 in 4. [MonkeyDoProject.org] We need to feed children before they can read, let alone learn and get headed on the path to college. Smart College Visit was honored to have Jacqueline Wilson, founder of the Monkey Do Project,  join us for #CampusChat.   Following is the Q&A describing the premise behind the Monkey Do Project and how you can help.   Q1: Where is #Appalachia? #monkeydo #campuschat A1: #Appalachia covers 13 states–#AL #GA #KY #MD #MS #NY #NC #OH #PA #SC #TN #VA #WV #monkeydo #campuschat   Q2: Why is Appalachian poverty different than the rest of the US? #monkeydo #campuschat A2: @ARCgov reports 42% of Appalachia is rural (vs US average 20%) making transportation, infrastructure, jobs more difficult #campuschat   Q3: Out of every 6 Appalachians, how many live in poverty? #monkeydo #campuschat A3: 1 in 6 (17%) Appalachians live in poverty (@PRBdata) with US average at 14.5% (@HungerNotes) #monkeydo #campuschat   Q4: According to @PRBdata what % of central Appalachia (KY, WV, VA) working adults have Bachelor degrees? #monkeydo #campuschat A4: Only 13% of Central Appalachia adults hold Bachelor degrees, compared to 30% for rest of US (via @PRBdata) #monkeydo #campuschat   Q5: @PRBdata reported Appalachia counties with double digit unemployment rates had low… #monkeydo #campuschat A5: high school graduation rates. 1 in 5 Appalachians lacked high school diplomas where unemployment was high. #monkeydo #campuschat   Q6: Is there a link between hunger and academic achievement? #monkeydo #campuschat A6: @CDCgov says hunger can cause poor school performance-lower grades, high absenteeism and repeating a grade #monkeydo #campuschat   Q7: What are some physical signs of school kids who are suffering from hunger? #monkeydo #campuschat A7: Hungry kids can be fatigued, sick often, have bleeding gums and decaying teeth. #monkeydo #campuschat According to @NoKidHungry , 16.2 million U.S. kids don’t have enough food #monkeydo #campuschat   Q8: In #Appalachia states #OH and #VA, how many hungry kids receive free school breakfast? #monkeydo #campuschat A8: Only 51% of hungry Appalachian Ohio and Virginia school kids start their day with a guaranteed breakfast (@NoKidHungry) #monkeydo #campuschat The @CDCgov reports that no breakfast creates poor cognitive performance for school kids. #monkeydo...

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Feeding before Reading: The Monkey Do Project Next on #CampusChat
Aug18

Feeding before Reading: The Monkey Do Project Next on #CampusChat

1 in 4 children in Appalachia go hungry every day. Find out how one woman is helping change that.

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