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Seven-year-old Steven Jarvis plays video games on his parents' bed in his family's camper. Jarvis, who lives in an RV park near Williston, is one of a growing number of kids in Williston area school districts who are classified as homeless students.

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WILLISTON -- School kids here had spring break last week, but for some, staying home isn't much of a vacation.

A growing number of students are crowded in campers with their families, living in hotel rooms or doubling up with another family.


Williston Public Schools has 115 students who fall into one of those categories, which meets the criteria for being considered homeless.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.