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...Keith Blanchard, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, echoed the point. "If a child's hungry, he's not going to perform as well in school," he said. "I have seen situations where the older kids seem to be able to fend for themselves and a lot of time the little ones, it's at their expense." Alachua County is hardly alone with its dismal demographic. Neighboring counties Levy and Putnam both have child poverty rates above 36 percent, while nearly 25 percent of Bradford County children and 24 percent of Gilchrist County children live in poverty.
…"As a 16-year-old, it's a little difficult to try to solve an equation or do science labs when you're hungry or exhausted because you were staying up late taking care of younger siblings," said Alachua County Public Schools secondary curriculum director Karen Clarke.
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