Grayson County Schools (GCS) recently announced that it has received a donation that will help to provide healthy meals to Grayson County students in need during the summer time.
GCS Superintendent Doug Robinson took the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and announce the donation during the recent Grayson County School Board meeting held last Thursday, March 10.
The $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities was sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Tim Purcell, of Caneyville.
The donation will help the district renovate a retired school bus to bring healthy summer meals to students at satellite locations throughout the county, according to a news release from GCS Public Information Officer Caryn Lewis.
According to Food Services Director Kristy Hodges, the district’s near 80 percent free and reduced rate shows a strong need to continue providing healthy meals to students even when school is not in session.
“We are excited to have these extra resources as we roll out ‘The Meals on the Bus,’” Hodges said, adding that the district will use locally sourced foods when available, such as fresh strawberries from VanMeter Family Farm.
Purcell knows firsthand the current challenges of school funding—his wife, Carla, is the district’s Instructional Supervisor.
“Our family has experienced just how much these extras can mean to a child,” he said. “I’m very happy that Grayson County students will benefit from this award.”
“This has been a year for us to ‘dream, dare, and do,’ and this funding will allow us to bring one of those dreams to reality this summer,” said Robinson. “We are very grateful to Tim and to the Monsanto Fund.”
For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America.
Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase lifesaving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and more.
In other business:
*Robinson reminded that the first GCS make-up day will be Friday, March 18, and the remaining days will be tacked on to the end of the school year.
*H.W. Wilkey Elementary School Principal Jonathan Williams recognized the Wilkey Bulldog Academic Team for outstanding achievement, as well as numerous faculty, staff, and parents for their support of the school.
*Joe Harris, MA, PT, ATC, CEAS, of Physical Therapy Solutions, in honor of National Athletic Training Month (March), gave a presentation to the School Board about his experiences with athletic training both privately and for Grayson County Schools, as well as his goals for the future.
Harris started a Grayson County athletic training program in 1995 and is looking to re-energize the program over the next couple of years and garner student interest in athletic training and physical therapy.
Physical Therapy Solutions currently has a contract with the School Board for the service of athletic training and is also considering opening an athletic training facility on a local school’s campus.
*In one motion, the School Board approved the following:
a. Pay Application #06 with regard to the Grayson County High School Renovation Phase 2 Project in the amount of $56,206.77;
b. Change Order #02 with regard to the Grayson County High School Renovation Phase 2 Project in the amount of $13,222.22;
c. Applying for a $10,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund;
d. Hiring approximately 200 emergency certified substitute teachers for the 2016-2017 school year;
e. Creating the classified positions of Instructional Aide position for Special Needs – Preschool at Lawler Elementary and Special Needs Aide at Clarkson Elementary School;
f. A request from an employee for a leave of absence from March 28, 2016 to April 11, 2016;
g. A request from an employee for a leave of absence from April 15, 2016 through May 27, 2016;
h. A leave of absence for an employee beginning Feb. 22, 2016, part of which will be unpaid;
i. A request from an employee to extend her leave of absence through March 24, 2016;
j. Four trip requests from Grayson County High School.
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