Monday, February 25, 2013
Winter weather kept Wichita Public School students at home for a third-straight school day Monday. That had some faculty worried about some of their students going hungry.
School is the only place some students know for sure they are going to get a complete meal. That's why at least one elementary school principal spent her morning making sure her students were not going hungry.
The snow wasn't stopping Linda Brown, Principal at Griffith Elementary in southeast Wichita. She spent Monday morning distributing the food backpacks usually sent home on Friday with students who are part of the Kansas Food Bank's "Food 4 Kids" program.
"But since we didn't have school the last few days and kind of thinking we might not another day or so, we wanted to make sure our kids had that food," Brown said.
With the weather keeping schools shut down for a third consecutive day, Brown and an employee at another Wichita elementary school started to worry about students whose only meal comes from school.
"That's when I decided this morning we would just get out and deliver the food to the kids that we had on our list," she said.
While faculty members don't have to be at work during snow days, Brown said she was just doing what educators do.
"The main thing that we think about here is how to help our kids and this is just another one of the areas," Brown said. "It's not just about teaching them the academics, but also social skills and making sure they're safe and well taken care of."
Mrs. Brown was excited to see her students Monday morning and, she said, they seemed excited to see someone from school.
"They were very excited to see us," she said. "I think they're ready to come back to school."
USD 259 officials said they would decide late Monday night or early Tuesday morning whether school will be in session Tuesday.