Approximately 1/3 of Strafford students qualify for the free lunch program. It is the goal of the Strafford Spearpack Program to assist these students and provide them with nourishment over the weekends and holiday breaks.. They are at a higher risk of illness, have a decreased attention span, and often lack enthusiasm to learn because they are constantly distracted by hunger.
The Strafford Spearpack Program helps fill the gap. In this donor-funded, tax-deductible program, continually hungry Strafford students receive bags filled with kid-friendly, non-perishable, and easy to prepare and eat food to take home over the weekend. This helps kids return to school on Monday morning ready to learn without the distraction of hunger.
Kids are identified and selected for the program by school personnel including the counselor and nurse. The cost to support one child per school year is $250. All money given to the Strafford Spearpack Program goes directly towards feeding hungry Strafford students!
The goals of the Strafford Spearpack Program include:
----Decreased signs of hunger
--- Improved health and attendance
----Improved concentration in the classroom
----Improved test scores and grades
This program would not be possible without the generosity of donations from the community. Our goal is to sponsor 35 students with Spearpacks for the 2014-2015 school year. Please help us help our students!
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Although the Spearpacks will begin to meet an overwhelming need in the Strafford R6 School District, there are other areas that the Strafford School Foundation will be assisting the Strafford Students and Staff. As we partner with members in our community there will be opportunities for scholarships, grants, classroom technology updates, and many others. Your financial support will make these things possible. Thank you for your consideration in supporting the Strafford School Foundation.
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