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Leanet, I enjoyed reading your post.  You listed many risk factors that adolescents face that may lead to pregnancy.  I would also like to point out that teen pregnancies also happen to children from healthy, stable upbringing.  At times kids feel untouchable and that pregnancy only happens to others–not me.   I do believe the education and openess occuring presently is helping to change these adolescent’s attitudes and views.  You also mentioned Planned Parenthood.  I wonder how this will change with President Trump trying to change all of the healthcare. 

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I believe teachers are responsible to advocate for their students.  If they are aware of students that are going hungry, they need to report this to the proper authorities.  I know there are many school districts in NJ that offer free breakfast and lunch to children who go to school hungry.  I also am aware of and know a teacher who always brings an extra sandwhich to elementary school to ensure that one of her students has lunch.  Being hungry absolutely impacts learning. The CDC reports eating healthy along with exercise improves the academic success of the student.  Homelessness does not necessarily mean the family has no future.  With the support of community resources along with the drive to make changes, success is absolutely possible.

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