HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Hunger among some students has become so common that one elementary school teacher keeps a bagful of Froot Loops near her classroom door.
When kids arrive with clothes too ragged or dirty -- or don't come at all because they lack clothing -- schools make sure they have something decent to wear.
And when neglect has left the occasional youngster so unkempt that his hygiene affects others, school nurses have even taken to bathing them.
Teachers see these as small but necessary gestures, because kids who are hungry, dirty or unwell have more to worry about than learning. But these acts point to the increasingly complex nature of public education.
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