Norfolk council members urging future student assistance programs extend to other communities


City officials discussed the future plans for the Ready to Thrive outreach initiative this week, sparking an impassioned response from council member Tommy Smigiel and a call to spread the benefits to other communities throughout Norfolk.

“We keep on focusing on the same parts of the city, but we’re dealing with poverty all around the city,” Smigiel said following the proposed Ready to Thrive back-to-school programs for the coming school year...

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