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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:12 PM
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Many Children Lack Stability Long After Storm
BATON ROUGE, La. Last January, at the age of 15, Jermaine Howard stopped going to school. Attendance seemed pointless: Jermaine, living with his father and brother in the evacuee trailer park known as Renaissance Village since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, had not managed to earn a single credit in more than two years.

Not that anyone took much notice. After Jermaine flunked out of seventh grade, the East Baton Rouge School District allowed him to skip eighth grade altogether and begin high school. After three semesters of erratic attendance, he left Baton Rouge in early spring of this year and moved in with another family in a suburb of New Orleans, where he found a job at a Dairy Queen.

A shy, artistic boy with a new mustache, Jermaine is one of tens of thousands of youngsters who lost not just all of their belongings to Hurricane Katrina, but a chunk of childhood itself.

After more than three years of nomadic uncertainty, many of the children of Hurricane Katrina are behind in school, acting out and suffering from extraordinarily high rates of illness and mental health problems. Their parents, many still anxious or depressed themselves, are struggling to keep the lights on and the refrigerator stocked.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/us/05trailer.html?th=...
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:05 PM
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1. It's going to be a Lost Generation
Of children affected by the Federal Flood.
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