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Board Highlights from 9/9/13

Donation Helps Hungry WDMCS Students

A program that helps provide food to WDMCS students on the weekends received a $16,450 donation from the West Des Moines Community Celebration Committee during the Sept. 9 school board meeting.

Nearly one in three West Des Moines school district students are eligible for free or reduced meals at school.

The Booster Pak program is a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing childhood hunger in our school district by providing sacks of healthy, kid-friendly food to low-income children on weekends and school breaks, when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced price meal programs. There is no cost to the children or families that participate in the program.

The donation will allow the organization to reach more students in the junior high and high schools, where the program recently began providing food.  The organization partners with the Iowa Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program to provide food to 550 students each week in our elementary schools. The Booster Pak program is the big brother to the Backpack Buddies and provides food to junior and senior high students. The Pak program serves more than 100 junior and senior students each week, and is expanding. A food and personal care pantry also serves these older students.

West Des Moines Community Celebration Committee is a non-profit committee of community members and City of West Des Moines personnel that sponsored A-MAY-Zing Days. The committee raised funds to promote and support community-wide events during the month of May and to support a West Des Moines community-based nonprofit.

To learn more about the Booster Pak program, please visit www.boosterpak.org.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website:

www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings

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