Teachers tailgate to help students who are hungry

Partners Post, November 2015

Teachers Tailgating for HungerStudents always enjoy seeing their teachers outside the classroom at community events or football games.

That was true on Sept. 25 when students in the Slippery Rock Area School District had a little fun with educators and school staff at a tailgate party before the Friday night football game.

Better yet, all proceeds from the tailgate went to a good cause — helping students from low-income families have enough food to eat over the weekend.

Forty teachers and staff volunteered their time to host the tailgate, which benefited the district's new Weekend Food Program. The food program was launched last year as a pilot project at Moraine Elementary School and is being expanded to Slippery Rock Area Elementary School this year. District officials credited certified school nurse Allison Offie, school counselor Ashley Nardone, and food service director Kyle Suerth for getting the program up and running.

Funding is always a challenge, so the Sept. 25 event was a welcome idea from middle school science teacher Jessica Schroeffel.

"Programs, such as the Weekend Food Program, are an example of one way to strengthen our community by giving our students an opportunity to have their basic human needs met so that they may flourish in and out of the classroom," she said.

The tailgate party featured music, free hot dogs for students, and a basket raffle.



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