Homeless Students Face Extra Challenges | Tallahassee, Florida | Tallahassee.com
Monday marks the beginning of a new school year. With that comes new teachers, new friends, new subjects and the always-hated homework assignments.
One group of students, however, will be facing challenges beyond the realm of take-home assignments. For more than 500 children in Leon County, there isn’t a home to take schoolwork back to.
Debra, 10, will be starting fifth grade on Wednesday.
Her mother, Delena Miller, and her step-father, Bill Miller, have been homeless since February, when they both lost their jobs. They have been staying at the Hope Community, run by the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, until they can get back on their feet.
Debra, wearing her favorite “picture day” shirt, was excited — if a little bit nervous — about starting school. She happily chatted about her summer — which included attending a camp the community provided — and was looking forward to a pizza party on Saturday where she would get a new (donated) backpack and school supplies.