The Bucyrus Secondary School, along with the Bucyrus Backpack Program, received monetary support from Sodexo and the Sodexo Foundation. Special check presentations were made during the regular meeting of the Board of Education Dec. 15.
The Secondary School placed second in the Sodexo Healthy High School Competition held during the month of October 2016. As one of the top finishers in the competition, the school received one of three $2,500.00 prize from the Sodexo Foundation.
“Secondary School students embraced the competition and the idea of trying to win $5,000 for the school,” said Food Services General Manager Lorie Pennington. “Our goal for this Challenge was to not only win a prize, but also to help our students learn the importance of making healthy food choices every day.”
Sodexo’s Healthy High School Challenge is a national competition encouraging students to make healthy food choices, which in turn earns points for their school. At the end of the Challenge, the school with the most points wins the top prize of $5,000. More than 100 schools competed for total of 56 cash prizes in the contest.
The Bucyrus Backpack Program received two grants from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. The first $1,000 grant was awarded because of Pennington’s service on the Backpack Program’s board of directors. The second $1,000 was awarded because of the school district’s support for the Backpack Program.
“With the participation growth we’ve experienced since the start of the program, we are in need of more help than ever before,” said Pennington, who serves as the board chair for the Backpack Program. “Besides monetary and food donations, which is always needed and very welcomed, we also need volunteers from the community to step forward and help pack the bags every week. The volunteers are the key to our entire program. Without those individuals, we couldn’t successfully serve the nutritional needs of as many students as we do today.”
If you are interested in volunteering to help the Bucyrus Backpack Program, or would like to make a charitable contribution, please contact Lorie Pennington at 419-562-5355 or email lpennington@bucyrusschools. Additional information about the Backpack Program can be found by visiting http://bucyrusschools.org/educational_resources/food_services/backpack_program.
The board approved all agenda items as presented. The next meeting of the Board of Education will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Administrative Center Monday, Jan. 9.