The Culver Community Schools Corporation is reporting success with its efforts to provide free meals to local children during the summer months. Food Services Director Carin Clifton gave the school board an update Monday on the Summer Food Service Program. It’s sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and aims to give meals to children 18 and younger, as well as adults with disabilities who are enrolled in a state-approved education program.
She says at Culver Elementary School, meals are being served to about 50 kids taking part in Boys and Girls Club activities. However, that number was about twice as high when summer school was in session. Meanwhile, Clifton says an average of 60 students, mainly those taking part in summer athletic activities, are taking advantage of free breakfast at the middle/high school.
She adds turnout has also been good at the four other meal sites around the Culver school district, “If I total it up, we have about 100 kids every day from the other communities, so I feel that’s pretty good. We’re holding from what we’ve done; this is our fourth year. We have to go to the kids, because the kids aren’t going to come to us, so we travel.”
Culver Elementary School students are also getting a boost from the Elementary School PTO. During Monday’s meeting, the school board accepted three $1,000 donations from the PTO, one for the purchase of books, one for the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and one for the READ program.
In other business, the school board appointed Alfred Nyby to serve on the Culver-Union Township Public Library Board until the end of the year, filling the remainder of Rhonda Reinhold’s term.