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Schools as Social Safety Nets: How N.H. Schools are Filling in the Gaps

Casey McDermott

All this week, NHPR is looking at how New Hampshire schools are rethinking the role they play in the lives of their students and their communities.  More students are arriving preoccupied with hunger, homelessness, and other family crises.  Teachers are on the front lines, trying to fill basic needs before the learning begins. Schools are cobbling together their own system of social services in the face of the state’s heroin crisis, the aftermath of the recession, and struggling local economies.  


  • Casey McDermott,  digital reporter for NHPR who's been covering this story
  • Amy Huter, principal at Brown Elementary School in Berlin
  • Michelle Myler, project coordinator of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative at NH Dept of Education 


Watch the videos below to hear firsthand from Berlin educators about the shifts they're seeing in student needs and how the district is responding.

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