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September 2, 2014, 6:48 pm
970 WMAY News

New Program Assists Homeless District 186 Students


The organizer of a new effort to help homeless schoolchildren in Springfield says the scope of the problem is staggering.

 

Ann Libri says nearly 700 Springfield public school students are listed as homeless… and those are only the ones the district knows about.  She says every school… in every part of town… has students who don’t have a permanent residence. 

 

Libri is a co-founder of the Matthew Project, which later this month will begin offering an after-school program for some of those homeless children… including tutoring, life skills instruction, and a meal.  She says more volunteers and donations are needed in hopes of expanding the program to help even more of those 700 children.

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