Back-to-School ? Make it the Best Year Yet!
Good news! The Nation's Report Card for geography in 2010 is in, and the average score of fourth-graders across the country has improved!

Whether it?s a report card or your child's school, there's always room for improvement. So this Back-to-School season, Benefits.gov is highlighting a number of programs and resources that can help make this school year the best yet!

Improving Schools
Does your school need a fresh start? If so, the U.S. Department of Education?s (ED) School Improvement Grants (SIG) program offers up to $6 million per school over three years to help improve student achievement and school progress in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.

Improving Relationships
Want to get involved? The Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRC), funded by ED, help implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities, which lead to improved student academic achievement and partnerships among parents and school personnel. Find a PIRC near you.

Improving School Nutrition
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make critical changes to school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs, such as the School Lunch and Breakfast Program.

Improving Self-Confidence
Is your child being bullied at school? Is your child a bully? For information on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying, and other helpful resources, check out StopBullying.gov, the Federal government website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice.

Improving the Future
It?s Back-to-School for America?s leaders too! The America's Legislators Back to School Program is designed to allow Legislators to meet with their young constituents, answer questions, share ideas, listen to concerns and help students understand legislative processes. Teachers and principals: find the program coordinator assigned to your state to organize a visit to your school.

Don?t forget to visit Benefits.gov and use our Benefit Finder to find programs that could help you and your family throughout the school year!