Goldie Hawn to work with Miami-Dade Schools

Foundation's research to improve student performance

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MIAMI - Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn is teaming up with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to help improve student performance and quality of life.

As an actress best known for her work in comedy, Hawn is deadly serious about improving the lives of American schoolchildren. Her 9-year-old foundation has learned about improving the lives of schoolchildren, and Hawn wants to apply those lessons in Miami-Dade classrooms.

"Let's bring in a scientist. Let's bring in a positive psychologist. Let's bring in a neurobiologist. Let's bring in our teachers. Let's bring in somebody from contemplative. Because I know that if you create a program that has that holistic approach to the child, the whole way is to embed it in the classrooms itself," Hawn said.

The schools involved in the program in Miami-Dade will be Coconut Palm K-8 Academy and William Lehman Elementary School.

Local 10 asked Hawn what brings her to work in South Florida.

"To tell you the truth, I've been working with some people here in other areas, and Miami-Dade was always a focus of mine -- always," Hawn said. "One of the reasons was that it is a challenged school district. It's the fourth-largest school district, and we work district to district. So, we're in Newark, N.J., we're in Minneapolis, we're in Chicago. I thought Miami would be a very important place. Also, we have connections to research down here."

Hawn said the research connection is with the University of Miami.

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