Educators Across the Country Begin Relief Efforts
School districts nationwide are pitching in to aid the refugees of Hurricane Katrina. As news organizations continue localized coverage of the destruction caused by the horrific storm, educators are coming up with ways to assist young victims and are publicizing their efforts.
According to Commissioner Kent King of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), school districts in the state already are receiving children who are Katrina refugees.
In a memo sent to school administrators, King said, "We want to remind you that such children who move into your district qualify as homeless children. There should be no barriers to enrolling them in school promptly."
King went on to say that by coincidence, DESE is mailing school districts a brochure entitled “Educating Missouri’s Homeless Children.” Each school district is expected to designate a staff member to serve as its "homeless coordinator."
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