Kids in fire-ravaged Texas town return to school

By: By WILL WEISSERT (Associated Press)
By: By WILL WEISSERT (Associated Press)

BASTROP, Texas (AP) -- It's understandable if students going back to school in one Texas community are having a hard time paying attention in class.

Wind-driven wildfires have destroyed more than 1,500 homes in the Bastrop area about 25 miles east of Austin. The fire is only 60 percent contained after more than a week, and many residents remain under an evacuation order.

School buses stopped Monday at hotels and motels where some students and their families have been staying.

But school district spokesman Donald Williams says almost all the students showed up for the first day of classes.

The district provided breakfast and lunch for all since many families don't have access to kitchens to pack lunches or make meals.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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