Care to Learn Notes Alarming Rise In Childhood Poverty

Young schoolchildren by Maral Cavner
Young schoolchildren by Maral Cavner

Maral Cavner is a volunteer with the Care to Learn program. She observed Care to Learn founder Doug Pitt while providing assistance in speech writing and presentation. Maral Cavner also monitored various schools that utilized the services provided by Care to Learn. Care to Learn is an organization dedicated to eliminating hunger while improving the hygiene and overall well-being of young children in need.

Schoolchildren by Maral Cavner
Schoolchildren by Maral Cavner

Care to Learn founder Doug Pitt recently celebrated a number of milestones for the organization, including a new chapter located 250 miles from the original program. Still, Pitt has been alarmed by the lack of basic care many students are receiving. He acknowledged a consistent rise in the Springfield school district’s reduced-lunch program, which was taken advantage of by 39.3% of students in 2003-2004. This past year, the number had risen to more than 54%, with a staggering 61% of students at the elementary level eligible for the program. Despite $1 million in donated resources, Care to Learn is far from finished with accomplishing its mission and continues to seek contributions to provide care to students in need.

Children in school by Maral Cavner
Children in school by Maral Cavner
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