In the news today:
Hunger hits middle-class students too
School staff are dipping into their own pockets to feed teenagers at a middle-class Auckland college, as growing numbers of students turn up hungry. The situation echoes survey findings from last year pointing to growing poverty in mid-decile schools.
Rutherford College principal Gary Moore … spends an average of $10 a week at the 1300-pupil decile 5 secondary school. Total contributions from teachers and other staff amount to about $8000 a year.
The public perception that only kids at low-decile schools went without food was wrong, he said. As house prices crept up, so did poverty.
Last year, a Principals’ Federation survey found some schools have up to 80 per cent of students arriving without food each week.
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