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Within a topic as important and interpersonal as school climate, students are best equipped to further improvements. They are the ones whose actions most directly affect school climate. They see what is wrong and know how to help fix it. Often, the only thing missing is the opportunity to do so.


Students Can Help Create the Climate They Want to See



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