Posted Date: 03/03/2021
Nearly every weekday since the end of about March 2020, Roy Clark Community Schools Liaison Linda Stevenson has delivered free meals to children at an apartment complex in the neighborhood, despite rain, miserable heat and even the recent bitter cold.
Child Nutrition delivered some meals in the beginning, but as operations grew and Child Nutrition set up delivery points as school sites, Stevenson continued the necessary task of delivering meals for as many as 75 kids enrolled in Union’s virtual learning program at the Windsong Apartments.
“I felt like it was something I needed to do to make sure these kids were fed,” Stevenson said, as she made another delivery today, noting the families were unable to make a daily trip to Roy Clark.
The number of kids has decreased to about 50 after more families opted to participate in learning in-person at the school since the second semester.
Windsong Apartments Manager Norma King and Windsong Community Coordinator Cheryl Marler welcome Stevenson’s personal assistance to help low-income students.
“These families really appreciate her help,” said Marler, who keeps the meals at their community room until the kids can pick-up their meals.
The personal touch Stevenson brings to Roy Clark is but one example Union hopes to emulate through its Community Schools program. And, thanks to a decision by the federal government, free meals will continue to be provided to all children – whether they attend Union or not – until June 30. Free meals include breakfast, lunch and a super snack.
Families, with students in virtual or distance learning, may pick up meals at most school sites at various times. See times and locations here.
Last week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hoffmeister and Justin Brown, state secretary of Human Services & Early Childhood Initiatives, visited with Union officials to learn more Union’s Community Schools initiative and how they could replicate it in the state of Oklahoma. See story.
For more information about Union’s Community Schools Initiative, visit https://www.unionps.org/CommunitySchools
Pictured in the first photo, left to right, are Linda Stevenson, Cheryl Marler and Norma King.