Wisconsin Schools Get Information to Help Families

Posted Monday, March 23, 2009 --- 1:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin schools can help families by creating free clothing exchanges and helping laid off parents find jobs.

Those are tips on a list of ways to help struggling families recently sent to Wisconsin schools.

Staff at the state Department of Public Instruction created the list of resources, tips and strategies to help families affected by the recession. It includes links to Internet and community resources and ideas on how to address needs in 16 areas including food, clothing, shelter, legal services, health care and finding work.

Thirty-five percent of students statewide come from families poor enough to qualify for free or reduced price lunch. In Milwaukee, 79 percent of students are eligible.

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