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Lackawanna educators receive training on poverty

Nearly 300 faculty and staff members from the Lackawanna City School District will receive training Friday on poverty and how it affects their students.

The three-hour sessions will be an "immersion experience" that includes role playing the lives of low-income family members including single parents, people with disabilities and senior citizens on fixed incomes, said Debbie Biastre, director of curriculum, instruction and staff development.

In Lackawanna schools, 87 percent of students receive free or reduced-cost lunches, said Biastre. 

"We have a lot of immigrant families and families who have fallen on hard times – the working poor," said Biastre. "Our teachers are aware they work with families living in poverty. We are bringing it to the forefront."

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