Help keep kids well-fed this summer
May 8, 2013 1:00PM
Updated: June 10, 2013 1:57PM
Wow! Where did all this beautiful weather come from?
These beautiful days it bring a promise of summer, when kids of all ages will be buzzing around on bikes, swinging at the parks and playing T-ball and baseball, and the sounds of children’s laughter will fill the air.
But with summer comes some growling tummies, as many students who were enjoying breakfast and lunch at school will be going hungry. Did you know that the number of students who are on the free and reduced lunch program throughout our county continues to grow, because of our economic atmosphere? For example, 53 percent of students in the Portage school system are on that program.
For many families, the need to rely on “handouts” is embarrassing, and not a choice. I hope that every area of our county follows the lead of Rittenhouse Senior Living in Portage, which hosted a fundraiser for the Fuel The Kids Summer Project.
This much-needed fundraiser was sponsored by Northwest Indiana Community Action, the Portage Township Trustee’s office and Bonner Senior Center. And a delicious breakfast by the chef at Rittenhouse Senior Living in Portage just added to a special kind of day.
Their goal is to raise enough money to feed 300 families with children this summer. So, if you weren’t there, but would still like to help with your heart and wallet, please feel free to send a check made out to Fuel the Kids to Rittenhouse Senior Living to Judy Kukelka, 6235 Sterling Creek Rd., Portage, IN 46368.
Or you can bring over a bag of groceries for their cupboard.
Then put a circle around May 19 and join the first-ever Food Truck 5K and family fun walk at Sunset Hill County Park. The event is sponsored by Campus Life members from high schools throughout our county, as well as LaPorte and Lake Central.
The entry fee is $25 with advance registration or $30 the day of the race. Runners/walkers will be given food vouchers that can be used at the food vendors at the park. Participants registered in advance will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
To learn more about this afternoon race, please call 462-3000 or visit www.spyfc.org. The funds raised will help members create programs to help their peers make good choices, and healthy choices.
There are more 500 athletes, coaches and volunteers hoping and praying that this Saturday is as beautiful as it was last weekend.
That’s because it is the Area 1 Special Olympics Spring Games event. Competition in bocce, swimming, track and field, and volleyball will be going on throughout the day, beginning with Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m. at Valparaiso High School.
We are so blessed that the Valparaiso school district considers our Special Olympics athletes as important as all other athletes, and allows us the use of all their facilities.
“Thank you” never seems enough to say to the Valparaiso administration and the awesome custodial staff, and to the super Subway vendors for their kindness. If it’s the lovely day we are hoping for, come on over to the high school on Saturday and be treated to some amazing competitions.
And Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s Cub Scout Pack 95 will give you a true expression of America with their flag ceremony at opening ceremonies, while athlete Lauren Bettenhausen leads everyone in the singing of the national anthem.
Yep, it’s a day that is guaranteed to please, so please join us.
Now I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.