SPARC is thrilled to report a major step forward in our efforts to advocate on the issue of student hunger and the problem of teachers & staff trying to help by paying out-of-pocket to feed kids at school.
While the board rejected the tax levy increase approved by voters at the annual meeting, the revised budget that the school board passed last night includes $19,000 that will be used as a starting point for an elementary Fruit Bowl pilot, making whole fruit snacks available to any kid who needs one during the school day. Our tax levy remains the same as last year.
This action is just a beginning, but it’s also the result of many presentations, conversations, emails, discussions, and appearances at school board meetings that helped launch this effort and open eyes to the impacts of student hunger in our schools. We so appreciate the board members, administrators, teachers and staff who have been listened seriously to our concerns and started the process of working toward sustainable solutions to addressing the needs of hungry students. As Dr. Culver said recently, we truly are fortunate to live in a community where our schools and our students are so valued.
SPARC has been asked to continue helping address hunger needs at the middle and high school levels while the district’s administrative team looks deeper into the ways student hunger affects teaching and learning in our schools. Our next step is to talk to the staff at these schools and see how we can be of the most help. We know from the survey we conducted last year that the needs are even greater in the upper levels than at the elementary schools, so we appreciate your continued support of our program as we continue to advocate for systemic solutions to this problem. For more information on how you can help, please visit: http://sunprairieaction.org/snacksmart-the-sparc-local-action-fund/.
As always, we thank you for your support and welcome your ideas and suggestions for how we can continue to help in our small way to move Sun Prairie forward! As we’ve learned through the SnackSmart program, change is slow but our efforts ARE making an impact, and moving one step closer to making sure every kid in our community has an equal shot at success.
28 October 2014