U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is hoping to help create more “community schools,” which are districts that offer a wide scope of services outside of the classroom — health and dental care, counseling, food pantries and more.

The goal of the bill, which is part of the $130 billion Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, is to address students’ personal needs so teachers can focus on educating them inside the classrooms.

Brown noted there are several districts across the state that provide some similar extra services already. For example, in Belmont County the Martins Ferry City School District has a room where it offers food, personal hygiene items and some clothing to students in need, all for free

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