This superintendent has figured out how to make school work for poor kids. Jennings, Mo. schools leader added more mental health care, a food pantry and shelter for homeless kids

by Emma Brown

JENNINGS, Mo. — School districts don’t usually operate homeless shelters for their students. Nor do they often run food banks or have a system in place to provide whatever clothes kids need. Few offer regular access to pediatricians and mental health counselors, or make washers and dryers available to families desperate to get clean.