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Education Watch: Monday, January 15, 2018

15 January 2018

According to reports, the number of homeless students in the Winchester and Frederick County school divisions is rising. From the 2015-16 to 2016-17 school years, the number of homeless students in Winchester Public Schools increased from 241 to 257. Frederick County has 13,603 students, and gained thirty homeless students over the same time frame.

The number of students classified as homeless tends to climb throughout the year as financial struggles increase for families; Winchester Public Schools student support specialist Judy McKiernan was quoted as saying that, “it’s a priority concern.”

Winchester and Frederick County work with organizations like Bright Futures, a nonprofit that helps schools connect students with community resources. The collaboration helps to provide clothing, Crock-Pots, school supplies, air mattresses, weekend food backpacks and basic household necessities like toilet paper and hygiene products.


On Thursday, January 11, 2018, band students at Handley High School taped Principal Mike Dufrene to the wall of the school’s common area. Dufrene honored a promise he made to the students should they beat the sales goal of their annual fall fruit sale, an effort to raise money for the band’s trip to Williamsburg as well as other band functions; students surpassed the $10,000 objective by netting a total of $12,000.


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