At 15, Jarvis Nelson should be in high school and even thinking about college.
Yet Jarvis is in seventh grade, and doesn’t know where he’ll go to high school — or even where he will be living — when he graduates from junior high, hopefully next year.
That’s because Jarvis has attended three different schools in the past four months. He’s lived in three different places on the North and South Sides of the city — including his most recent home, a temporary shelter in Lake View.
Jarvis, like thousands of other students in Chicago Public Schools, is homeless.
He is just one of more than 10,660 students who were homeless at the beginning of the school year. That’s 1,466 more than at the same point in the previous school year, according to a CPS tally.
Thanks to Kedmobee for bringing this to the attention of the It’s Interesting community. http://kebmodee.blogspot.com/2012/01/number-of-homeless-students-surges.html#links