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By Dorothy Markulis

Project RISEWe’ve all seen the homeless men on street corners with cardboard signs asking for a hand-up or a hand-out but most of us are unaware of the unseen homeless: the more than 1,200 homeless children in Akron assisted by Project R.I.S.E.

“This year we identified 1,200 homeless students in our district,” said Debra Manteghi, district homeless education liaison and project manager of Project R.I.S.E. – Realizing Individual Strength through Education – for the Akron Public Schools.

The numbers are increasing. The prior school year worked with 1,000 homeless children.

And if you think homeless children is a new problem, think again.

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