by Joyce Mills
The Backpack Ministry has had an awesome school year. We’re going to continue until June 19 this school year. We have discreetly provided nutritious, child friendly, easy to prepare food to on average 14 chronically hungry children. The food has been distributed in ordinary backpacks students take home over the weekends and at out of school times.
For students in need, the program:
- Provides nutrition
- Eases anxieties
- Reduces absenteeism
- Improves attention span
- Raises academic performance
- Increases self esteem
It also teaches good eating habits, provides good community role models, demonstrates community pride and serves as an effective outreach program for the church. Those who have helped to keep this program moving and effective this school year are;
Helen Greene, Mary Gregory, Maria Veid, Charlotte Hutchens, Pam Bishop, Mike and Patty Atterson, Jeff Oakland, Ken Dilley, Connie Neal, Janice Wood, Nancy Moran, Todd Wright, Brooke Wright, John and Debbie Quinn, Sarah Adkins, David and Linda Allport, Valeria Sellards, Caroline Sellards, Linda Ramsey, Mark Holliday, Caroline Holiday, Julianne Holiday, Mary Stover, Crystal Meadows, Cindy Start, Clark and Joyce Mills, and Rev. Doc Adkins.
Of course, our thanks to Beckley Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Meghan Houck, Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kristie Norris and the classroom teachers who made certain that everything was taken care of at school. Our workers always received a warm welcome and help when taking the backpacks to the school.
Many hands, many hearts, many souls, much compassion! These are the things that made the Backpack Program work so well. Add to these things the gifts of food and money given by many friends and church members and that has made for a very successful school year.
Thanks to each of you for what you have done for this Ministry! It has been said that generosity is a sign of a great soul. Each of you must surely be one because you gave so generously of your time and money. Thank you so much and remember we will start another year in August.
The need this month is cans of pasta with meat. Please put on the back counter in the kitchen.