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Berks community helping Puerto Ricans displaced by Maria

More than 50 families have enrolled kids in school

READING, Pa. - Community organizations gathered Monday to discuss the potential impact of families relocating from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to Berks County.

The meeting drew more than 100 individuals, who discussed topics such as housing and employment opportunities.

"We can pull together for bringing clothing together because, again, you know many of these folks coming from the island, they are not going to have winter clothing," said Tammy White, the president of the United Way of Berks County.

The county is already seeing an influx of families. Those in attendance said more than 50 families have already enrolled their children in area schools.

Reading School District Superintendent Khalid Mumin has told 69 News that students from Puerto Rico will be treated as if they were homeless students, which means they have a right to a "free and appropriate education."

The superintendent said the district will walk the students and their parents through the process of obtaining the appropriate immunization shots and retrieving any paperwork that may have been lost in the storm.


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