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Individual Wealth Directly Impacts Community Wealth and Health

The wealth divide has a significant impact on the educational experience of the "haves and the have nots". When working as a school nurse for one year in an urban city I found there was a visible difference between the schools' wealthy and the disadvantaged families. The schools that were in the wealthier part of the city had parents that were capable of raising $100,000.00 a year or were able to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their children's schools directly. The students that attended the schools in the wealthier communities had IPADs, bicycles (used for physical education purposes), state of the art smartboard technology in each of their classes, and laptops for the children before the pandemic. The wealthier parents were also able to save schools money by providing services for their children's schools at a discounted rate or for free. For example, one of the parents was a professional photographer and th