A book donation and rally at Rusk Middle School kicked off Dallas ISD’s Homeless Youth Awareness Month this week.
Rusk cheerleaders welcomed students as they arrived at school on Tuesday, and a community donor stopped by to hand out books about homelessness, which students will be discussing in small groups throughout the week. Students with “thank you” signs greeted the donor in the school library.
Throughout the month of November, librarians will hold readings and discussions about homelessness. Schools are encouraged to join in by wearing purple, the color of homelessness, every Friday. Last year, Dallas ISD counted 4,400 students as homeless, and Homeless Education staff want to get the word out that it’s okay to ask for help.