Springfield Promise Neighborhood (SPN) is a placed-based and asset-based poverty alleviation project. It works with residents in a 110 block area in Springfield Ohio, which is the attendance zone of Lincoln Elementary School. The area provides a home to over 3800 neighbors and all of the 406 students who attend Lincoln School, a K – 6 primary school and one of 10 elementary schools within the Springfield City School District. Lincoln serves the most economically and socially challenged student populations in the District with 100% of the students meeting federal poverty guidelines for free and reduced lunch. The students reside in a highly mobile and under-resourced community lacking playgrounds, day care facilities, and the kind of enrichment and civic associations that mark a vibrant place to live and raise a family.
In Fall 2013, a business geographics class at Wittenberg University adopted the Springfield Promise Neighborhood as a location for their class-wide study, practicing the basic skills of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems. View their final presentation below.
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