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Laconia schools reach out to homeless students

October 10, 2011

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LACONIA, N.H.—Laconia schools are doing their part to help homeless students.

Last year, 33 children enrolled in Laconia schools were classified as homeless but officials suspect the real number is much higher.

Molly Babcock, a guidance counselor at Woodland Heights Elementary and the homeless liaison for the district, is putting up posters around the community which ask anyone who knows of a school-age youth without a permanent home to call her. That can include children who live with friends or relatives, who live in shelters, tents or cars.

Babcock tells The Citizen ( http://bit.ly/pAf3gj) that by identifying homeless students, the school system can provide them with gift cards to buy clothing and give them school supplies and personal care items. They can also provide a stable place to do homework.

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Information from: Citizen, http://www.citizen.com