Monday, June 21, 2010

PB & J For Trimble, Fed. Hock. Students

Faculty with Trimble and Federal Hocking school districts are helping students meet nutritional needs during the summer by providing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Athens County Children Services is collaborating with Amesville Elementary Principal Kim Chadwell and Trimble Elementary Principal Mary Mitchell to provide peanut butter, jelly, and bread to families in need throughout the summer.

The school districts are among the poorest in the state of Ohio and more than 65% of students in the district qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school.

The PB & J project was started last year by Mitchell and Kerri Shaw, a social worker for Athens County Children Services who is based at Trimble Elementary.

Principal Chadwell said that Federal Hocking School District noticed the success of Trimble's program and decided to jump on board.

This summer the program aims to provide 1,200 children in the two districts with PB & J.

According to Children Services, response to the project has been overwhelmingly postitive so far, with a cash gift of $1,000 from the Athens Noon Rotary, 140 pounds of PB & J donated by Hocking Valley Bank, and 80 jars donated by Alpha Phi Omega members. Numerous other local businesses and organizations have offered to host donation boxes for the project. Inhale Yoga Studio and Athens Wellness Cooperative are also offering discounts on their services with a donation of PB & J by their clients.

For more information about the project, contact Athens County Children Services at 592-3061.

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