As need soars, schools rally behind families in Vancouver, Wash. — and other cities take notice

Brianna Fortner, left, a junior at Hudson’s Bay High in Vancouver, Wash., shows off a dress she got from the Family-Community Resource Center and that she planned on wearing to prom. The center’s coordinator worked with local businesses to get the dresses and salon services donated to students who can’t afford them.  (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
Brianna Fortner, left, a junior at Hudson's Bay High in Vancouver, Wash., shows off a dress she got from the Family-Community Resource Center and that she planned on wearing to prom. The center's coordinator worked with local businesses to get the dresses and salon services donated to students who can't afford them. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

As student poverty rates soared in “America’s Vancouver,” school officials converted more than half of the district’s campuses into one-stop shops for low-income and homeless families.

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