USD 501 staff helping homeless children at Topeka Rescue Mission during break


Topeka Public Schools staff are making sure all children in the capital city have fun over Spring Break.

Superintendent Tiffany Anderson sat down with KSNT morning anchor Brittany Moore to talk about the district’s initiative to help out a growing population of homeless children.

“Three years ago, we had about 400 kids that were homeless,” Anderson said. “We now have over 500 in Topeka that are considered homeless. We really want to wrap our arms of love around our kids and keep them having fun during Spring Break like all other children.”

She said members of the USD 501 central office – herself included – and teachers are serving at the Topeka Rescue Mission, hosting educational camps to keep them engaged during the days away from school.

Anderson was also excited to mention a partnership with the Topeka Police Department at the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers. The department will have an officer teach classes on law enforcement at TCALC.

“Students who are in it for two years will be able to get their industry credential as an officer for protection,” Anderson said. “We already have 40 students signed up ready to go.”

Interested students can enroll in law enforcement and other classes at TCALC by filling out their enrollment application.

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