Middle school students help homeless

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Benjamin Franklin Middle School students in Jane Wade’s honors English class donated 35 bags of collected items as part of a class project on researching and understanding homelessness in Franklin County. Donated items included lip balm, toiletries, socks, gloves, hats, nonperishable snacks and blankets. The 23 students put together the bags that will be distributed by Solutions That Empower People’s (STEP) Homeless Services program. Wade’s class conducts the project each year and donates for the holiday season. STEP provides services to those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless in Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties and the cities of Martinsville and Danville. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a person is considered homeless if he is living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car, a park or an abandoned building or a person living in a shelter.

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