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For hungry kids, backpacks lighten load

from Education World

Students who are disruptive, can't concentrate or lack motivation may not need a firm hand; they might need a helping hand! From Nebraska to Texas to New York, administrators have found that some of the kids in their care can't function well at school not because they don't want to learn but because they are hungry. With the help of communities, the simple remedy is a backpack — a school standby — that is filled with food supplies to help kids get the fuel they need to flourish. Included: A snapshot of hungry kids in one state and advice from successful backpack programs. more

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