Schools in Crisis: An Our Oregon Mini-Documentary
The numbers are staggering. More than 20,000 students in Oregon were homeless in 2010. That’s more than double since 2004, and the numbers only appear to be getting worse.
Nearly one in five Oregon kids is living below the poverty line, and our state has the distinction of having the highest rate of “food insecurity” (a fancy word for hunger) in the entire country.
And these circumstances have far-reaching consequences.
As elementary aged students, hungry and homeless students score similarly to their peers. But by the time they get to high school, those students are significantly behind their peers in both reading and mathematics.
The kids who are impacted aren’t numbers—they are students, daughters, sons, and grandchildren. And in every corner of the state, they are our neighbors.
- Consider donating to the Oregon Food Bank
- Contact your legislators and urge them to support struggling families: 1-800-332-2313