- Associated Press - Saturday, September 30, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island school district says it’s ready to take in children who have left Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

The natural disaster has left millions of U.S. citizens without food, water and housing. Providence Schools Superintendent Christopher Maher said Friday the district will likely have an influx of students coming to the city. He says he has spoken with families in Providence who are interested in enrolling family members from the island in the city’s public schools.

Maher says the children will be educated in city schools “without question.”

He says the schools will be ready for any number of students. It’s too early to know how many are expected.

Maher says counselors will be available.

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