School Break Not Much Fun In ND Oil Country

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Spring break in northwestern North Dakota’s oil-producing region isn’t much fun for students who are living in campers and hotel rooms.

Williston’s public schools have 115 students who are living in temporary quarters in a booming region that’s chronically short of housing.

Homeless student coordinator Betsy Kelly says many of them are living in campers without running water or electricity.

Seven-year-old Steven Jarvis says there’s little to do but play video games in the recreational vehicle he shares with his parents, Jayson and Angelia Jarvis. They moved to North Dakota from Washington.

Angelia Jarvis tells The Forum newspaper her son is flexible about the living arrangements, but he misses home, and “we don’t really have a lot of privacy.”

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