Staff member laoding turkey and ham from orange bags into a classroom

Valley’s Retired Teachers Give Back

Retired principal and current School Board member Dr. Vicky Poole along with retired teacher Kathie Lutter dropped off 16 turkeys and 16 hams to Valley for the Booster Pak program

Retired principal and current School Board member Dr. Vicky Poole along with retired teacher Kathie Lutter dropped off 16 turkeys and 16 hams to Valley for the Booster Pak program

A group of retired teachers from Valley High School have partnered with the Booster Pak program and the Hy-Vee on Grand to help provide turkeys and hams to students at Valley.

The Valley retirees collected donations among their peers and retired principal and current School Board member Dr. Vicky Poole along with retired teacher Kathie Lutter dropped off 16 turkeys and 16 hams to Associate Principal Dr. Erika Cook, who helps run the Booster Pak program at Valley. The buy a ham get a turkey free promotion at Hy-Vee helped the group double the number of students served through this project.

The Booster Pak program is in its third year operating at WDMCS elementary schools. The program, headed by Melanie Menken, provides nutritious, kid-friendly foods to students on weekends and school breaks when they do not have access to the free and reduced meal programs. The program is free and offered to all students.

The program just recently expanded to Valley students on Oct. 1. Cook, along with Valley Southwoods retired teacher Vickie Pospisil and Valley campus monitor Sam Kranovic help distribute items to students each Friday. The program works in conjunction with Tiger Pride Supplies, which provides a backpack and school supplies to students. There are also plans to expand the program to include a clothing closet.

Valley retirees Dr. Vicky Poole and Kathie Lutter help Assoc. Principal Dr. Erika Cook bag the turkeys and hams.

Valley retirees Dr. Vicky Poole and Kathie Lutter help Assoc. Principal Dr. Erika Cook bag the turkeys and hams.

If you would like to donate to the Booster Pak program, you can give at their website http://www.boosterpak.org/give.