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At Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., the Family Community Resource Center, at right, provides a safe place for students during breaks in the school day. Student poverty rates in Vancouver Public Schools rose from about a third of all students in 2005 to more than half in 2015. District officials responded by hiring coordinators who work at 18 canada goose on black friday high poverty schools and connect low income students and families to agencies and services that provide basic needs, like food, medical care and stable housing. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

VANCOUVER, Wash. Every morning before class starts, Shanna Baird welcomes the same sandy haired student into her cramped but tidy office at Hazel Dell Elementary.

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Their day begins with a quick brush of the boy’s teeth before Baird combs his rumpled hair. coque iphone Many days, she offers him a wash cloth and body wash that he uses at the sink to clean himself. His father was recently incarcerated, and the boy often goes without a shower as his mom struggles to balance her utility bills and an ongoing drug dependency

One new fourth grader rarely sleeps at home. His mother routinely invites strangers to their house, scaring the boy throughout the night.

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Since 2002, Vancouver Public Schools has “stepped out of its lane" does canada goose go on sale black friday as many educators here say to help children living in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

Blending social services into more than half the district’s schools, coordinators like Baird connect students and their families with the basic goods and services they can’t afford: Backpacks full of food for the weekend. coque iphone 6 Rent vouchers to avoid an eviction. Free dental work on a toothache.

These Family Community Resource Centers appear to be making a difference, with attendance and graduation rates on the rise, especially among low income and homeless youth. And while students living in poverty here still fall well behind their peers on state proficiency exams, their growth on district level tests suggest the gaps could close soon.

The approach which researchers consider promising, but not yet proven could serve as a potential model for schools in Seattle and King County, where educators have dabbled with a similar program but continue to struggle with rising student homelessness and poverty rates.

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Similar models have spread across the country, most notably in New York City, where Mayor Bill De Blasio has banked on the approachto improve student outcomes at more than 200 of the city’s lowest performing schools. Texas spends $15.5 million every year supporting community schools at 942 campuses.

In Vancouver, the district has pledged to expand Family Community Resource Centers to all its schools by 2020 and has dedicated space for the centers in construction plans for new campuses.

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“If you build it, they will come," Webb said. “That’s what we’ve learned in America’s Vancouver."

Esmy Farias, Family Community Resource Center coordinator for Vancouver Public Schools at Discovery Middle School, talks to a group of visiting educators from around the Northwest who are interested in the program. At left is a pantry for students in need. In Vancouver, Wash., between 2005 and 2015, student poverty rates in public schools rose from about a third to more than half. The district responded by creating the Family Community Resource Centers at 18 high poverty schools. coque iphone (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

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For Esmeralda Ocampo, it was the free backpack filled with school supplies that made her reconsider what a school could provide her two children.

In the years since Fruit Valley opened its center, student attendance and reading achievement have improved. Suspension rates declined, as did the canada goose jacket outlet store number of students moving in and out of the school, a sign that families found some stability at home.

At the same time, student poverty rates climbed across Vancouver, growing from about a third of Canada Goose Jackets all students in 2005 to more than half in 2015. The homeless student population also soared, by about 500 percent since 2010.

The demographic shift and Fruit Valley’s early success persuaded the district in 2008 to prioritize community schools in its five year strategic plan.

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“Sometimes (parents) will feel more comfortable talking to someone who’s not with their child in the classroom every day," said Jennifer Gay, a kindergarten teacher at King Elementary.

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