Summer School program offers free meals to students

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Children 18-and-under eat free, even if not enrolled in school

The Cassville R-4 School District will be offering free breakfast and lunch to summer school students, and children 18-and-under are also eligible to receive the meals, even if they are not attending school during the summer session.

"Anyone who is hungry can come into the school and have a meal at breakfast or lunch," said Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent.

The free meals will be offered in the primary and middle school cafeteria

Breakfast will be served from 7:15-7:45 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11-12:30 p.m. School officials said they encourage students to begin the day with a good breakfast.

Compared to the price during the regular school school year, high school students who take advantage of the free meals can save over $53, middle school students can save over $48, and elementary students can save over $46.

For groups coming in just to eat, LeCompte asked that they notify the school before coming, although it is not required.

The free lunch and breakfast program is sponsored by the Summer Food Service Program from USDA because of the number free or reduced lunches provided during the school year.

"It means a great deal for the district that we can provide a nutritious meal to all students free of charge, which may encourage them to attend summer school," LeCompte said. "We are passionate about meeting the needs of our students, physically, emotionally and academically."

LeCompte said summer school is open to students going into kindergarten through high school, and they accept students up until the first day classes begin on May 28.

Buses will be running with pick-up and drop-off locations, and students will participate in learning programs and field trips.

Summer School classes run from May 28 to June 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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