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Rice Lake school social worker to discuss how poverty impacts children's learning

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Of course, the primary goal of our schools is to provide a basic education. But how can kids focus on history when they're hungry? How can they think about a math equation when they’re being taunted because their clothes are out of style?

Joshua Morey

Joshua Morey

Joshua Morey, the school social worker for the Rice Lake Area School District, will provide an overview of some of the challenges experienced by children and families living in poverty during his upcoming "Thursdays from the U" presentation "Poverty in the Rice Lake Area School District." The presentation will be livestreamed from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Morey, a RLASD staff member since 2009, also teaches sociology at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County.

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be entirely online. To access the livestreamed presentations, visit the "Thursdays from the U" webpage at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the complete fall schedule and archived recordings.

The series, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the weekly series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.