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Bethlehem schools enroll 30 students from Puerto Rico

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Bethlehem Area School District has welcomed 30 students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico who are staying with relatives while the island recovers.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Joseph Roy said the district completed a clothing and toiletry drive and is coordinating distribution of the supplies through the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley.

He said the students may be here for months as Puerto Rico deals with lingering devastation from Hurricane Maria last month, which has left food, medicine, electricity and shelter scarce.

After the meeting, Roy said the 30 students are spread among six schools and that for now the district has ample room, staff and services for them, including the Center for Language Assessment.

He said that resources may have to be adjusted if more students come to the Bethlehem area.

He said a number of district employees have relatives in Puerto Rico.

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