A recent broomball competition featuring students and staff from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District help raise $350 for the district’s BackPack Program, which is designed to help meet the needs of hungry children.
“I was delighted to see the people come out as a community to support us! It was such a great thing to see our staff and students come together also,” said school lunch manager Bonnie Horning, a key contributor to the creation of the program.
The program was created to provide students who have been identified by the district to be at risk of hunger on weekends with a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year.
The initial pilot program – January to June 2015 – will send participating students home with at least eight items each week in each backpack, and even more on extended breaks.
Several dozen students participated in the broomball competition, as well as a handful of district personnel.
However, one participant in particular caught the attention of Horning.
“I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a superintendent join in the way that Anita Murphy does. She is a great example for our staff, students and community,” said Horning.