As many as 1,400 homeless students will get after-school reading lessons in new tutoring programs at city shelters begun this school year, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday.
The $1.4 million Afterschool Reading Club is the city’s first such program and kicked off after the number of homeless students in city schools rocketed to a record 105,445 students in the 2015-16 year, up from 86,694 homeless students the previous year.
Stats show homeless kids struggle with school and attendance.
“To me, the most exciting part is that twice a week they get books to take home,” Fariña said. “To say to a child: ‘You’re starting your own personal library,’ it doesn’t get better than that.