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Susan Notes: A Missouri school district steps up to provide housing for four homeless high school boys. And the community steps up to help. This is truly trying to prevent a child from being left behind.

By Stacy A. Teicher

MAPLEWOOD, MO

Officially, it's known as Joe's Place. But one of its first residents has dubbed the cheerful yellow house "Big Bird." It opened recently with enough space for four homeless boys who attend high school in the Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) district, near St. Louis..

The result of a collaboration between school officials, local churches, and scores of volunteers, Joe's Place appears to be a first-of-its-kind endeavor in the United States.

"The thing that makes this unique is that the school district actually put up the money for the housing," says Barbara Duffield, policy director of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

NOTE: The Christian Science Monitor refuses permission to post entire articles. For the rest of this piece, go to the hotlink below.

— Stacy A. Teicher
Christian Science Monitor, 2/01/07

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0201/p13s01-legn.html


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