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Spartan Stop Will Support EHS Students

Dec 21, 2016 | District News Release

A private pantry will open for students needing assistance

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EHS Principal Britton Hart (right) accepts a donation for the Spartan Stop

A series of donations will allow Emporia High School to increase services for students living on their own without family support. In January, EHS will open the Spartan Stop, a private pantry that will provide food, personal hygiene products, some clothing and access to laundry facilities for students lacking those supports outside of school

The project will extend services now offered through the Student and Family Resources Office at Mary Herbert Education Center. It also will supplement the Food for Students Program, which provide food for students on weekends and school breaks.

Heather Wagner, Student and Family Resource specialist for the district, is working with EHS Principal Britton Hart to acquire the needed items and arrange for long-term financial support through grants and donations. Protocols will be established to assure confidentiality for students who need assistance. Students will be referred to the services by staff members and through the enrollment process.

“I have noticed an overwhelming need with our high school students who are living unaccompanied,” Wagner said. “They do not have the assistance of their families and often do no qualify for additional resources because they are typically minors,

Today, the local firefighters union presented a check for $750 to district representatives to purchase needed supplies. Earlier this month, the Emporia Board of Education accepted a donation of washers and dryers from two Emporia families this month. other individuals and civic organizations are making contributions of cash and supplies for the pantry shelves.

“It is disheartening to know there are so many children in our community having to go without their basic needs being met,” Wagner said. ” Education is the main key to helping these students out of economic hardship in their future.”

She estimates the pantry will assist a minimum of 30 students through this school year. Grant applications are being submitted to pay for the food and other supplies needed to keep the project going on a permanent basis.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Spartan Stop or making a donation can contact Wagner at 341-2392 or by email at heather.wagner@usd253.net.

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