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Reading schools helping students relocated from Puerto Rico

Reading schools helping students relocated from Puerto Rico

READING, Pa. - Dozens of students from Puerto Rico, whose families were displaced by Hurricane Maria, have enrolled in schools in Berks County.

Officials with the I-LEAD Charter School in downtown Reading said they are looking for ways to help the new students get situated.

Josephine Torres Boykins with I-LEAD said several of her new students's families are starting over.

"They are starting from scratch, yes, and that's what's sad," she said.

In light of Hurricane Maria devastating Puerto Rico last month, an estimated 50 families have enrolled children in schools in Berks.

Twenty-six students from Puerto Rico are now attending classes in Reading, including five at the I-LEAD Charter School. The school said several other families have scheduled appointments for enrollment.

"We provide them with uniforms, because they don't have anything when they first come here, so we supply them with whatever they need," Torres-Boykins said.

The school is now serving as a collection site for clothing and non-perishable food for the new families.

The Hispanic Center in Reading is also in touch with families arriving from Puerto Rico.

"I haven't had one person who has not cried, who has not shed a tear just by me asking them, how was it," said Carlos Torres of the Hispanic Center.

The center said it can't store food donations, but it can take clothing and school supplies.

Anyone can drop off donations at I-LEAD Charter School Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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