The recession has hit some towns harder than others. Estimates from the census bureau show unemployment in Auburn increased by four times. A lot of people who lost jobs have kids in school.
Pauline Thomas, principal at Washington Elementary in Auburn: “The stress level on the families has really gone up. The stress level on the kids has gone up.”
Communities In Schools of Auburn site coordinator Leslie Soule talks to KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher about the backpacks of food sent home to struggling families so kids can eat well on the weekend.
You can see the transcript and hear the four–part series on public education and the recession