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SPECIAL REPORT: Homeless kids learn the ABCs in school, and of life

Posted at 11:42 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 13:20:26-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As our special report, Homeless Corpus Christi: Crisis on our Streets, continues we focus on one aspect of homelessness we often don't hear much about: homeless children.

Fortunately for many homeless students without a permanent home, they have school to fall back on.

Within CCISD, there are numerous organizations that provide these students with anything they may need.

There are over 800 students considered to be homeless within the Corpus Christi Independent School District.

CCISD partners with organizations such as the Coastal Bend Food Bank, Communities in Schools and many others, so they can provide everyday necessities for kids in need.

Many times these students do not know any other lifestyle than living in shelters, hotels or moving from home-to-home.

CCISD said it likes to break down any barriers that may hinder a child from wanting to go to school.

“A lot of them feel whole, and there are high academic achievers,” said Miller High School Principal Dr. Bruce Wilson. “Even if they go back to a hotel, or they may leave one place in the morning, and by the end of school, the parent comes and says they are going to another family's house hold or somebody else’s. They're resilient, they pack the bag up and they move on to the next spot.”

Tonight Wilson tells us what these students are going through.

We also speak to a student named Isaac who has lived most of his life moving around and being separated from his family.