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At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

Nilda Medina, a first-grade bilingual teacher at Sanchez Elementary School in Hartford, teaches students about the seasons. About half of the students in the class are evacuees from Puerto Rico. Photo by Ryan Caron King for Connecticut Public Radio

Since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico seven months ago, the ramifications have spilled onto mainland cities like Hartford that carry deep ties to the Caribbean. At least 1,800 displaced students enrolled in Connecticut’s public schools, including about 40 new schoolchildren at Sanchez Elementary.

 

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Displaced By The Storm, Puerto Rican Students Settle In At CCSU

Marivelisse Acosta is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She's now studying communications at CCSU in New Britain, Connecticut. Photo by Ryan Caron King for Connecticut Public Radio

It’s lunchtime at Central Connecticut State University and 10 students converge on their usual spot in the dining hall. They start talking about the food — and it becomes clear that they don’t love the rice. They explain that it’s not as seasoned as the homemade arroz in Puerto Rico.

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New England Colleges Try A Not-So-Quick Fix To Stop Rash Of Hate Crimes

University of Vermont students walked out of class in February 2018, demanding the school do more to address racial justice and inequity on the Burlington campus. Photo by Liam Elder-Connors for VPR

It seems every few weeks there is a hate crime reported on a college campus in New England. The groups that keep track of these kinds of incidents say there is, in fact, a marked increase in the number of racist slurs found scrawled on campus walls and an increase in white supremacist group activity.

 

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Life Lessons From New Hampshire’s All-Female Winter Wilderness Training

Julia Wilcox and Claire Rouge tend to a fire they made during BOW's winter survival skills class. Photo by Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Women are one of the fastest-growing demographics for outdoor recreation in New Hampshire. The state Department of Fish & Game has encouraged that for more than 20 years with its“Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program, or BOW. It helps the department make money and cut down on preventable rescues.

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