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Someone asked me the past week if there were still a need. What they really wondered, once the conversation progressed I learned, was “Are there really still so many homeless students in the Beaverton School District?”

Take a look at this:

Below is a 4 year homeless student count comparison taken during the same time frame:

Homeless Count 9/23/2011:       535 McKinney-Vento students

Homeless Count 9/24/2010:       405 McKinney-Vento students

Homeless Count 9/23/2009:       424 McKinney-Vento students

Homeless Count 9/24/2008:       233 McKinney-Vento students

You might be thinking. Okay, doesn’t seem like that many homeless students.

What you need to know is that this is how many students that are enrolled the first few weeks of school.

This is the lowest number of kids that will be enrolled and classified as homeless during the school year.

During the school year 2009-2010 the count was 424 homeless students on 9/23/2009. At the end of that school year the count was 1,617.

Typically, the number of students right around the first couple of weeks of December, is about half of what we’ll see by the end of the school year. In the 2009-2010 school year that was right around 800+students – and accordingly, the final count for that year was 1,617 students who were classified as homeless.

Are these numbers making sense to you?

Do you see where we were in 2008? Compared to where we are now? That’s nearly DOUBLED in four years.

So- YES. There really are still so many homeless students in the Beaverton School District.

YES. There is still a need. A very SIGNIFICANT need.

Yes. We can do something. We can make a difference.

But only if we all work together.

I can’t do a whole lot on my own. Particularly since I just learned I’m heading into a pretty major surgery in just shy of 3 weeks. I’m gonna need you all to have my back.

So – would you start thinking about what you’re willing to commit to?

Can you make a hat every couple of weeks between now and when it starts getting cold?

Or maybe a scarf or two?

Maybe some fingerless gloves or mittens?

Maybe some socks or slippers?

Find something that makes YOU happy to craft – something that you will enjoy completing.

Keep an eye to what the current styles are. Check out Ravelry and Knitty – two GREAT spots for free patterns and keeping an eye on what’s considered fashionable.

Okay?

Start thinking!

I’ve been eyeing this hat pattern – and I’ve got some lovely superwash wool in Navy that is just crying to be cast-on.

How about you? What are you planning to start with?

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