Archive for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Back Snack program will be welcome in recession

April 9, 2009

Last month, Eudora USD 491 Superintendent Don Grosdidier told the school board the district had applied to bring the Back Snack program to Eudora. The program started in the Kansas City metropolitan area in 2004 is organized by the food bank Harvesters. It provides food on weekends to some students on free and reduced lunch. About 30 percent or 1,465 of Eudora’s student population is in those two income-based categories and with the current recession the number can only be expected to grow. Schools, administrators and teachers are here to reach the minds of their students. But they know that is made more difficult if a child’s mind is distracted by a gnawing stomach. As the recession grows, many are becoming more familiar with hard choices. For those living closer to the margins, the choices are even harder. The program should provide some peace of mind to parents and children faced with very difficult decisions. Students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. With that review, the students with the most critical need will be served. Once again, the district should be applauded for its concern for the complete child.

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