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Library media specialists assist homeless students
Library media specialists assist homeless students

The Polk Educational Media Association (PEMA), a professional organization of library media specialists in the Polk Public Schools, donated 180 backpacks filled with books that will be given to students in the school district meeting the federal government’s definition of homeless.

The PEMA gave the backpacks to the school district’s Hearth Department on May 3 with eventual distribution of the books going to homeless students.

The Hearth Department assists students in the school district considered homeless. Nearly 2,300 students in the Polk Public Schools meet the federal definition of homeless representing more than 2 percent of Polk’s total student population.

A recent Education Week article outlined the increase of homeless students in school districts across the country.

The school district’s library media specialists started the countywide book drive at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year to provide books to needy students.

Students, teachers and media specialists donated new or slightly used books in the project. The presentation to the Hearth Department on May 3 was the culmination of this year-long project.

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