School staff fills backpacks

Sep 17, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Arapahoe school staff filled 470 student backpacks with nonperishable food items last week.

The food, which is provided at no cost to families, is intended to keep children fed over the weekends when they don't get meals at school.

The district purchases food from the Wyoming Food Bank and plans to keep the project going until the end of the school year.

The program, in its first month, is funded by the school district and a grant from the First Nations Development Institute.

Every Thursday, everyone - whether a school parent, teacher or cook - takes turns volunteering to fill the backpacks.

The bags are distributedto more than 20 classroomson Fridaysbefore students go home for the weekend.

Superintendent Ken Crowson said several schools in Wyoming provide free food to students who are considered Title I or low-income, but he said Arapaho is the first district to provide the free food to every student, regardless of financial status.

"Wedon't want to deprive anyone of that opportunity," he said. "All of our kids are going to get it."

Parents can also pick up backpacks if their student is absenton Friday.

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