PATERSON, NJ –  Scholars can’t learn if they are hungry, it’s difficult to concentrate if they had a family issue before arriving for their first class of the morning, and the lack of fresh and laundered school clothes can bring unwelcome attention. 

These are just a few of the obstacles to learning, those that arise outside of the classroom, pointed out by Board of Education Vice President Manny Martinez on Tuesday as he and more than two dozen others from Paterson’s schools, federal and local government, and partnering organizations joined  together to officially open the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex as New Jersey’s first federally-funded Full Service Community High School.

“When a child comes to school the whole child comes to school,” Kemper McDowell, executive

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