Lowe Chevrolet is committing itself to five area schools in Pulaski County this school year. To start, for every vehicle sold from October 12th through October 31st in 2017, we donated $100 to one of the five schools. In total, we donated $5,100.
In addition to donating money, we are supporting and raising awareness for the “food in a backpack” programs these schools offer. These programs collect nutritious and non-perishable food to send home with students (in a backpack, of course) on weekends or holiday breaks; these are meant for kids who may rely on school lunches to be fed and don’t have access to nutritious and adequate meals at home.
One of the participating schools is the Waynesville R-VI school district. Their program is called “Snack in a Pack.” During the previous school year, the program supported more than 250 students from preschool through 12th grade. Rhonda Davis coordinates this program. Learn how to donate here.
One of the other schools we are supporting is the Laquey school district, whose program is called “Backpack Blessings.” John Dinwiddie organizes the program for this district. You can find more information on that program here.
A third school district that we support is the Richland school district. The backpack program there is called “Blessings in a Backpack,” which is part of a larger organization that supports over 1,000 schools and nearly 93,000 students. At Richmond, that organization is run by Ruth Ponce-Batts.
If you are thinking of donating food, consider items such as cereal, ramen noodles, canned chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, granola bars, fruit and vegetable cups, beans, instant oatmeal, and peanut butter crackers. These organizations are always accepting of cash and check donations. Simply contact the local school and ask how you can give back, or visit Lowe Chevrolet—we’ll be very happy to tell you about the programs.