Thanks to Eagle Wings for help with school breakfasts

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011

A recent Juneau Empire article highlighted the issue of hunger some of our school children face each day.

Like other public schools, Juneau Community Charter School has been offering a simple breakfast for students who arrive without having eaten at home. Because we are not currently included in the school district’s breakfast program we provide for these students out of our school’s budget. Hot instant oatmeal is all we can afford. Generous parents donate what they can, but between kids needing breakfast and usually a mid-morning snack before their federally-funded lunch, our cupboards are often bare.

I recently shared my concern about the number of Juneau children going hungry with a former news colleague, Pete Carran. He was surprised when I told him that 25 percent of the Charter School’s student body qualify for a free or reduced price lunch, based on their family’s income.

Imagine our delight when Pete’s church, Eagles Wings Community Church, delivered a check for $250 to defray the cost of feeding breakfast to our students! Every penny of this generous donation will go towards nutritious food that will help youngsters focus on learning — and not their rumbling tummies.

Thanks to Pete for sharing our story with the Eagles Wings congregation, and for their gracious response. We look forward to working with the school district’s Food Services Department and the community to make sure all of our students have a healthy start to their school day.

Claire Richardson

Juneau Community Charter School

What a wonderful month! The staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Juneau would like to thank our wonderful community members, volunteers, donors, partners and board members for helping us celebrate National Mentoring Month in style. From spending our Monday afternoons with Jeff Brown on “A Juneau Afternoon” to highlighting some of our outstanding volunteers in the Juneau Empire, we were proud to spread the word about mentoring and the volunteers we get to work with. The youth we work with were proud, too! This last weekend, thanks to Chez Alaska’s Laraine Derr and her donated kitchen space, our “Littles” showed their appreciation by preparing a tasty breakfast for their “Bigs” in honor of Thank Your Mentor Day.

Our month of mentoring concluded with our Big Brothers Big Sisters Recognition Reception, where we recognized our Volunteer of the Year (Reuben Yost), Partner of the Year (United States Coast Guard), as well as Donors of the Year (The Rock Dump; Larry Persily). The night was held at The Rookery Caf┐; owners Travis Smith and Jason Shima took excellent care of us, providing delicious food and great atmosphere. Additional thanks go to Auke Bay Elementary and Coeur Alaska for their monetary sponsorship of the evening. And lastly, big thanks to Martha’s Flowers and Weddings for the beautiful bouquets and the Alaskan Brewing Co. for their generous beverage donation. Happy National Mentoring Month!

Caitlyn McLaughlin

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Events & Resource Development Manager

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